Woonona's Thomas Heaton has taken out the Jack Newton Macarthur Junior Masters at Camden and Campbelltown Golf Clubs over the long weekend.
Heaton, who plays out of The Australian Golf Club, trailed the leaders by one after his first round of one under 70, but came home with a blistering second round four under 66 at Campbelltown to take out the title by four.
In a tie for second place was Mollymook's Jye Halls who had scores of 70, 70 and Heaton's teammate from the Australian Golf Club, Jeffrey Guan.
Halls fared better in the 14/15 division, taking the spoils in a playoff with a birdie on the second hole of sudden death.
Best performance from the other locals was Eddie Ward tied 11th with 74, 72 while Bradley Wills tied 13th with 75, 72.
Ward and Isaac Brown finished tied second in the boys 16-and-over nett.
Boyd takes Pymble Cup
Darcy Boyd has added the Pymble Cup to his growing trophy collection after carding a two-under Par 70 on Sunday to win by a shot from NSW Representative James Conran.
It is the second state Vardon title in a month for the 21-year-old who works in the pro shop at Kiama Golf Club.
Golf Illawarra takes on Central Coast at Port Kembla this weekend, looking to retain the David Wood trophy they won against Newcastle last year.
The last time the two teams met in 2016 Golf Illawarra came away with a commanding 10-5 win at Kooindah Waters in 2016.
The teams play foursomes on Saturday and singles on Sunday. Play will commence at noon on Saturday, and 7.15 am on Sunday.
Ilawarra men: Colin Mitchell (Links Shell Cove), Danny Nesbitt (Links Shell Cove), Tom Holz (Links Shell Cove), Anthony Brunero (Links Shell Cove), Paul Fairall (Russell Vale), Mark Johnston (Shoalhaven Heads), Jason Ward (Port Kembla), Mark Crossingham (Port Kembla)
Illawarra Colts: Luke Taylor (Gerringong), Jarrod Woolmer (Russell Vale), Wil Daibarra (Kiama), Jack McDonald (Links Shell Cove).
Juniors: Eddie Ward (Kiama), Bradley Wills (The Links Shell Cove), Mitch Austin (The Grange), Andrew Brown (Wollongong)
Links Shell Cove to host NSW Open Qualifying Event.
The Links Shell Cove will be put to the test in October when it hosts a regional qualifying tournament for the 2019 NSW Open.
With a guaranteed start in the tier one tournament on offer, Links general manager, Robbie Stephenson, expects the event to attract a first-class field of amateurs from not only across the state but Victoria and Queensland as well.
"This is a great opportunity for us to get some recognition of the course at a State level and beyond," Mr Stephenson said.
The 36-hole stroke play tournament will be held in conjunction with the Links Shell Cove Open and carries state Vardon status making it a tempting prospect for some of the state's best players.
And In addition to the NSW Open Start for the Winner, the best scratch score returned by a golfer aged 50 and over will earn a start at the NSW Senior Open at Thurgoona Country Club at the end of October.
Besides the gross Prizes, Stephenson added there were three spots in the NSW Open Pro-am up for grabs for the best nett scores.
Stephenson said he expected the event to be a shot in the arm for the local tourism industry.
"We have Shellharbour tourism on board, and with the tournament held over two days, I expect there will be quite a few golfers staying overnight."
Junior Development Program
Links Shell Cove will launch their Junior Development Program on Friday.
More than 100 golfers and sponsors will take part in a four-person ambrose competition, with the funds raised helping to assist the development of the game locally, and offsetting the costs involved in travelling to national and international competitions.
"Junior Golf can be an expensive sport for some parents, so hopefully we can help offset the cost for them to get to tournaments and the like through the foundation," club captain Thomas Holz Said.
"Our plan is to be able to be able to assist where we can when we can."
The first recipient will be Bradley Wills, who is travelling to the US in July for a series of Junior tournaments following his win at the Australian Aged Championship in April.
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