ELEMORE VALE golfer Harry Atkinson finished with the lowest individual scores at the School Sport Australia Primary Golf Championship last week, but he had to settle for a third-straight silver medal in the team event.
Played across three courses in Victoria over four days, the 12 years and under event pitted state teams against each other in an ambrose, and then team contest of the best solo scores of six players.
Atkinson captained the NSW team in what was his third appearance at the national tournament and his ambrose side, which was made up of an even talent mix of four players from the eight NSW golfers, won the event held on the first day.
He then finished as the player with the lowest solo scores after he shot 77 (+5) at Curlewis Golf Club and 73 (+1) at Queenscliff Golf Club to be nine shots ahead of his nearest competitor.
A solo winner was not officially recognised at the team-based event and despite his stunning scores being well clear of rivals, Atkinson’s NSW finished second in the Craig Parry Shield.
The overall results were ranked on the six best performances from across each state’s eight players.
Atkinson, who is about to finish year six at Macquarie College, had claimed a silver medal in the overall team event in 2017 and 2016.
The Kurri Kurri Golf Club member will now shift his attention to the Jack Newton Junior Golf Champions Trophy at Bonville Golf Resort in a fortnight.
The Champions Trophy is contested by winners of Jack Newton Junior Golf events held throughout the year.
Atkinson will face golfers of up to 18 years of age at the event but his father, Ian, believes the 12-year-old will be “living the dream” at the four-day event.
“You can only get to play in that by winning a Jack Newtown event throughout the year,” Ian said. “He’s qualified for that. They go for four days, they’re picked up on the bus with no parents.
“Last year they had about 30 players and the top 17 made the cut.
“If you make the cut you play on the last day. You play 27 holes each day. If you don’t make the cut you have to caddy for someone on the last day. His aim this year is to make the cut.”
St Pius Adamstown in NSWCCC final
St Joseph’s Lochinvar (7/8 Boys), All Saints College Maitland (7/8 Girls), St Pius Adamstown (7/8 Boys, 7/8 Girls, 9/10 Girls) and St Mary’s Gateshead (9/10 Boys) all finished in the top eight of the recent NSW Combined Catholic Colleges basketball Championships.
The girls Yr 9/10 team from St Pius Adamstown played strongly throughout the competition to make the final against Holy Spirit College Bellambi who they defeated 52-30 to be named NSWCCC State champions.