Teen event cut due to low interest

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A lack of entries has forced organisers to shelve the Illawarra's flagship 90-hole junior golf tournament, the first time it won't be held in 34 years.

The week-long school holiday tournament has been the breeding ground for many teenage golfers over the years. Players traverse the region to play at five different courses.

This year's tournament, which was due to start at Jamberoo on Monday, attracted only 36 nominations across the age groups for both boys and girls.

"The IDGA [Illawarra District Golf Association] are having a brain-storming meeting on the 21st of January to see what we can do get interest back in the game from the juniors," organiser Derk De Vries said.

"We're going to try to do something for next year, but it was a little bit late to get everything sorted out for this year.

"Even the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation are finding it difficult to get entries at the moment.

"We'll try to get something sorted out to make it go a little bit better [next year]."

Founded by the late Vic Burrows, the event last year added Travis Smyth (boys) and Natika Dunn (girls) to the honour roll.

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