Busy start to 2019 for teen golfer
BLAIR Christie has had a busy start to 2019, with two tournaments already under his belt.
Christie, 17, took part in the prestigious Junior Victorian Open and Victorian Junior Masters over the course of a fortnight, with some great golf among tough results.
Playing firstly in the Junior Vic Open at Barwon Heads and both 13th Beach courses, Christie finished 51st overall out of nearly 140 of the most talented young golfers from the state and further afield.
His best golf came on the third day with a +3 round of 75, but ultimately finished the fourth day with a scorecard reading a total of +26.
Huntingdale’s Jasper Stubbs was the Open winner with a -1 scorecard.
And at the Victorian Junior Masters — on notoriously difficult courses where only one player finished under par — Christie looked to be in strong position after the first two rounds, with one remaining.
He sat in 43rd place out of a field of 115 golfers. But seven holes with a double bogey or worse and just one birdie was how he signed his tournament off — finishing 80th.
The National’s Matthew Lever was crowned Junior Masters champion with a -1 scorecard.
Next up for Christie is the nationally-renowned Australian Amateur Championships, taking place from January 17 to 22.
The championship is contested over 36 holes stroke play qualifying, with the leading 64 players progressing to elimination match play.
It is open to players of all ages with an initial field size of 234 players and its history dates back to 1894.