Jackson Hall, Wil Diabarra fire at NSWCHS golf championships

On target: Jackson Hall claimed the NSW CHS title.
On target: Jackson Hall claimed the NSW CHS title.

Wollongong Golf Club’s Jackson Hall has led all the way to claim individual honours at the Combined High Schools Sports Association Golf Championships which were held last week at Riverside Oaks Resort in north-west Sydney.

Hall, who lives in Helensburgh and attends Heathcote High School, carded rounds of 66, 74 and 77 to lead the Sydney East Boys team to victory by an impressive 15 shots in the CHS Inter zone challenge.

The South Coast High School Boy's squad of Wil Diabarra (Kiama HS), Luke Taylor (Kiama HS), Jye Halls (Ulladulla HS) and James Dickinson (Batemans Bay HS) put on a solid display to finish in second place in the 54 Hole event.

Diabarra, who plays off a handicap of two at Kiama Golf Club, was a model of consistency with rounds of 71, 75 and 73 to finish in second place in the individual three shots behind Hall. 

Corpus Christie College's Jack McDonald, a member of the Links Shell Cove, played as an individual entrant and carded rounds of 78, 72 and 73, and was a further two shots behind in third.

Cassidy Graham and Selena Bosevski from Warilla High School took part in the girl's section and finished the three-round tournament with scores of 253, and 264 respectively. Graham’s effort landed her selection in the girl’s CHS Honour Team for 2018.

Wil Diabarra

Wil Diabarra

Hall, Diabarra’s and Luke Taylor’s performances were also recognised with selection in the boys CHS Honour Team. In addition, Hall and Diabarra were picked in the NSW All-Schools squad to contest the national All-Schools titles to be played in Coffs Harbour later this year, while McDonald was named as a reserve.

DEFENDING THE CROWN

Travis Smyth has confirmed he will defend his Northern Territory PGA crown next month at Palmerston Golf Club in Darwin.

The Flinders professional announced to many what a bright future he has in the sport last August when he cruised to a six-shot win against a field which included some of Australia’s best pro golfers.

Smyth's 19 under par total was a new scoring record for the event and helped the 23-year-old decide his immediate golfing future where he turned professional just two months later.

“I have great memories from last year, and it kick-started my pro career.

“My form carried on after winning at Palmerston last year. I played awesome in my first three events as a pro so it would be great to have a repeat of that this year if everything goes to plan.”

Smyth is hopeful it’s a positive sign as he will head to the US for Web.com tour school in October.

After making the 36 hole cut with a shot to spare at last week’s $US 300,000 Sarawak Championship, on the Asian Tour, the 23-year-old managed to climb up the leaderboard and into a tie for 30th place. His final round five under par 67 one of the rounds of the day. 

TAKING ON THE WORLD

Port Kembla Golfer Debbie Byrnes will represent Australia at the World Deaf Golf Championships in Ireland from July 24-27.

Byrnes will be joined by NSW’s Chantell Greaves, Luke Ellis, Andy Honeysett, Jack McLeod, Robert Bowler and Craig Douglas in the 15-person team at Carlton House Golf Club in County Kildare. 

“It is the first time we have a complete field of golfers in all three categories (women, men and seniors) at the World Championships and we have an excellent chance of winning individual and teams events,” Therese Price, secretary of Deaf Golf Australia, said.

Bonnie Doon representative Jack McLeod, fresh from representing Australia at the recent Malaysian Amateur, is among the top hopes, having won the crown as a 16-year-old back in 2012.

Linda Davies picking up a trio of wins in 2004, 2006, and 2008, while Tony Klimek won the inaugural senior’s event back in 2002.

There are 115 golfers from 19 countries expected to take part this year.