Four of Bathurst’s finest golfing prospects competed at the NSW Junior Championships last week, as part of the Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS).
Ben Davis, Cameron Jackson, Ben McCrossin and Casey Thompson all travelled to the Central Coast, to the competition played at both the Shelly Beach Golf Club and Toukley Golf Club.
Cameron Jackson was the best performing golfer out of the locals, who finished tied for fourth in the boys 13 years cup scratch.
“Cameron actually went in equal first on the third and went into the last day second in net score,” WRAS golf coach Bruce McLean said.
“He was the only one who made the cut into the NSW Junior Boys Championship.
“He was definitely the one who performed the best across the weekend.
“The others played well above their handicap. It’s a learning experience and next year they’ll be better prepared and understand what it takes to play in a four day competition.”
Jackson eventually finished tied for fourth in his age group cup, with a total score of 341 across four rounds.
First place was shared between Toronto’s Jacob Dundas and Bardwell Valley’s Ali Rachid.
Davis finished fourth in boys 13 years plate scratch with a score of 366, 13 points behind eventual winner – Bexley’s Sebastian Sara.
McCrossin scored 370 to claim 16th place in the boys 16 years plate scratch.
Thompson took 7th place in the girls 14 years cup scratch with a score of 400 over four rounds.
She finished 72 shots behind Bankstown’s Annika Rathbone, who won the scratch tournament.
McLean praised the work the Bathurst golfers have been doing this year.
“They’ve all reduced their handicap from the start of the year,” he said.
“As it comes down, there is less pressure to play on the day.
“They’re all on the way to getting their handicap down. Next year they’ll grow and mature in size. It’ll help their endurance.
“They’ve got to do the work though and do the little 1 per centres.”
Fellow WRAS golfer Mitchell Borne, from Dubbo, claimed victory in the boys 16 years plate nett.
He finished eight shots ahead of Macquarie Lions’ Tim Ryan with a grand total of 295.
The NSW Junior Championships were the final tournament for the golfers at WRAS for this year.
WRAS will now go through the process of selecting golfers for next year’s program.