Darcy Boyd has claimed back-to-back crowns at the Kiama Open and the Southern Tablelands Cup in a stellar display of golf over the weekend.
Boyd claimed the Kiama Open with a score of two under par 64 by winning by two shots from The Link's Shell Cove's Colin Mitchell. Danny Nesbitt was third with a 67.
Kiama's Peter Steel shot 80 and Steven Harrod 89 to win B and C grade, while the overall nett winner was Mario Bartolic with nett 62.
Boyd made it two from two on Sunday, with a one-shot win in The Southern Tablelands Cup at Moss Vale.
Despite being three over par after three holes, Boyd managed to play the next fifteen holes in seven under par to finish with a four-under 67. His effort included two eagles, four birdies and a bogey.
The minor placings were taken out by Shoalhaven Heads golfer Mark Johnston with a three under 68, and Colin Mitchell on 70.
Boyd is a newcomer to the local golf scene after moving from the Central Coast about six months ago.
He has been working in the pro shop at Kiama since arriving and credited a lesson from his boss at Kiama, professional Toby McGeachie.
"I played quite well actually, and Toby has been giving me some putting lessons," he said.
The wins were the first in the Illawarra for the talented 19-year-old, who was Medallist (Low amateur after the 36 hole qualifying) at the 2018 Australian Amateur Championship.
An impressive junior during his years playing Jack Newton Junior Golf Events, Boyd has been a member at Shellharbour Links for about 12 months, but work, study and a car accident have meant his golf has taken a bit of a back seat lately.
"I hadn't really played outside of the Links, just a few times at Kiama," he said.
"I had a pretty successful start to 2018 but had a car accident which took about four months to get over.
"I've been working hard but get back to where I was."
The two victories see Darcy lead the Illawarra Open Series after four rounds with 425 points.
Making the cut
Three juniors from the Illawarra competed at the Australian Boy's Amateur Championships last week at Southport Golf Club.
Wil Daibarra and Eddie Ward from Kiama both made the cut and finished tied 61st and tied 63rd respectively, with Wollongong's Thomas Heaton missing the cut.
Heaton has stayed on to represent NSW in the Boy's Interstate Team Matches which are taking place at Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club.
Bradley Wills and Ethan Harvey were also in Queensland competing in the Cool Clubs Australian Junior Age Division Golf Championship. Wills from Links Shell Cove won the 13-14 years boy's division in a sudden-death playoff after rounds of 72,77 and 74 for a seven-over total 223 for the three-round tournament.
For his effort, Wills has now been selected to take part in three junior international tournaments in the United States during July.
Harvey competing in the 15-16 years boys finished in a tie for ninth at 18 over par.
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