Busy start to 2019 for teen golfer

The Riverine Herald - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By Fraser Walker-Pearce Blair Christie

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.

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