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Joondalup boys create golf history

Joondalup boys create golf history

JOONDALUP Golf Club created WA Golf history on Sunday with a fourth consecutive division one junior pennant.

With 22 out of 24 wins heading in to the final round at The West Australian Golf Club in Yokine, the Joondalup boys were sitting in the number one position on eight points, with Mt Lawley Golf Club just behind on seven.

So it was fitting both teams would be pitted against each other for the last competition.

Joondalup’s captain and top seed Connor McKinney was strong from the outset against Mt Lawley’s Jordan Jung, putting confidently to win the match 4&3.

Another standout of the day was Joondalup’s Aldrich Potgieter holing out two eagles in the first five holes then going on to win his match 7&8.

And with Gareth Steyn’s win and Lachlan Hall’s fightback for a square, the team secured the fourth consecutive junior pennant flag for the boys from Joondalup.

“We had a lot of confidence coming into the season knowing we had a strong team with a lot of depth, but we still had to do it,” McKinney said.

“We knew Mt Lawley was not going to be an easy game to finish on.

“We are really proud to represent Joondalup and just stoked to be the first team to win four WA Golf flags.”

Joondalup Country Club junior coordinator and pennant manager John Greer said their success in 2017 could be attributed to several strategies.

“Four years ago we decided as a club to invest in the development of our juniors and created a bench-marked academy where the juniors all have a clear progression plan. It could be just to enjoy and participate, but it could also be to become an elite golfer,” he said.

“The golf club and Joondalup Resort have given us 100 per cent backing on this and have supported our academy with funds that have helped us get to where we are today.

“As a junior committee, we sit down with the boys and their parents on a regular basis and discuss how they are progressing and what more we can do to support them.

“We have also created a really tight team environment where the juniors train together in a dedicated practice area. We have just recently created a junior room, which can be utilised to play ping pong, to take a break and just relax in their own space.”

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