HE was touted as one of the players to watch in the lead up to the event and on Sunday Cameron Jackson showed why that was the case.
The home city golfer took out the day’s Bathurst Junior Classic in testing conditions, scoring an impressive 80 off the stick and finishing with a 74 nett total.
Jackson’s round was a picture of consistency, shooting five over across the front nine then bettering that by total by one over the back half of the course.
Gusts of wind made the going tricky for many players in the one-day event but Jackson played his way into an impressive day of golf.
“It was a bit rough at the start of the day. I didn’t have the best start but I managed to finish strongly,” Jackson said.
“I was striking the ball pretty well and putting pretty well but I was just doing a couple of stupid little things out there.
“The wind was changing all the time. It would be coming off the right then as soon as you’ve had a hit it comes from the left. It swells a lot.
“The greens were pretty soft but the rain didn’t change them up too much.”
It was a bit rough at the start of the day. I didn’t have the best start but I managed to finish strongly.Bathurst Junior Classic boys winner Cameron Jackson
Jackson was steady over the opening five holes, hitting two pars on either side of a double bogey.
He dropped another three strokes before the 10th hole but was still in a strong position to take the title.
It was a six-hole run, between 11 and 17, where Jackson earned his victory.
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Over that time he missed par only the once – on the par three 15th hole.
“On the back nine it got a bit rough at one point,” Jackson said.
“I was starting to think about the result and hit a couple of bogeys.”
The girls event was taken out by Ju Jang with a score of 82 off the stick.
Jang’s round consisted of an eagle on the par five second hole, helping her recover instantly from a double bogey on the previous hole.
Jang finished with a strong front nine score of 40, just four over par.
Bathurst’s juniors featured prominently among the top of the leaderboards.
Thompson finished second behind Jang for the overall girls prize and Jake Davis was victorious in the under 12s nett race.
Central West golfers have managed to keep the Classic in home hands over recent years.
Last year Ella Murray (Dubbo) and Cameron McMillan (Forbes) took out the title while the year before it was Bathurst’s Ben Mackey and Thompson who completed a home double.