Illawarra Academy of Sport talent tees off at Jack Newton event

On target: Thomas Heaton has been part of the Illawarra Academy of Sport program. Picture: AAP Image/David Moir
On target: Thomas Heaton has been part of the Illawarra Academy of Sport program. Picture: AAP Image/David Moir

The final event of the 2017 Jack Newton Junior Golf Tour season took place last week in Coffs Harbour, with the 2017 Champions Trophy taking place at the magnificent Bonville Golf Resort.

A total of 52 players including five Illawarra Academy of Sport graduates qualified for the invite-only event, the most prestigious event of the year.

An invitation is only granted to those players who have won a Junior Masters or Jack Newton event throughout the year.  

There is great prestige attached to taking home the junior green jacket of this tournament.

The IAS was well represented with graduates Dani Vasquez, Kelsey Bennett, Tom Heaton, Luke Taylor, Jackson Hall and Jye Halls all qualifying off the back of some great results throughout the year.

In the girls championship Danni Vasquez finished in a tie for fourth after rounds of 75, 73, 78 and 80.

Kelsey Bennett finished in eighth position after four rounds of 79, 75, 78 and 80.

Amy Chu from the Australian Golf Club in Sydney was the winner after shooting rounds of 71, 71, 71, and 73 for a total of two under par.

In the boys championship Tom Heaton continue his solid form after having attained an outstanding hole in one in his professional debut at the NSW Open, shooting 73, 76, 77, 74 to finish in tied for seventh

Luke Taylor showed glimpses of his best during the event shooting rounds of 75, 74, 74, and 78 to finish in a ninth position overall only one shot behind Tom.

Jackson Hall had an up and down tournament with just a few too many bogeys not allowing him to close any rounds off. Jackson shot 74, 76, 79 and 77 for an overall placing of 13th

Jye Halls was competing against much older more experienced players but the 12-year-old showed he could match it with the older boys early before missing the cut after rounds of 83, 78, 88.

Jye then went onto caddy for Corey Lamb, an opportunity to watch how the older more experienced players go about their business.

The experience gained form this event will hold them all in good stead for the future.