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HOW HARD IS GOLF?

The 2023 AUSTRALIAN AMATEUR Golf Championships, that were played at St Michael Golf Club and the NSW Golf Club in Sydney, were completed yesterday.

A full list of the results is available on the Golf Australia website. Seven ACT golfers (out of a total of around 220) participated in this event. From my perspective, as the DGA Captain, the results just indicate how difficult golf is, not only for a hacker like me (off a 13-handicap), but also for the best low-handicap golfers from the District. Only one of the 7 players, with a strong Canberra background — Harry Bolton from Royal Canberra — managed to beat the cut and play the full 4 rounds. Harry finished in equal 40th place with rounds of 77, 70, 72, 71. Congratulations Harry! Photo above shows Harry (on the right) after his win in the Cooma Open last year.

The winner, New Zealand’s Kasuma Kobori finished on 15 under par, with rounds of 69, 65, 73 and 65. A Englishman (Arron Edwards-Hill), a Japanese player (Taisi Motoa) and a second New Zealander filled 2nd, 3rd and 4th places.

Here — I’ve listed the results of the other Canberra golfers who missed the cut (in the order in which they finished) — just to indicate to other up-and-coming juniors how good they are going to have to be to get to the near top — which, I understand, is what many of these juniors aspire to.

Also, I’m sure other golfers in the District will be interested to see who is carrying the flag for the ACT-Monaro District Golf Association in prestigious Amateur events such as this Aussie Amateur Open, and would also wish to extend their congratulations:

Luke Barlett (Goulburn) 78, 71; Lachlan Chamberlain (formerly Fed) 80, 73; Craig Whitehead (Gold Creek/Fed) 80, 76; Angelo Bourandanis (Roy Can) 78, 88; Andy McLaren (Fed) 85, 84; and Adam Thorp (Fed) 84, 87.

Well done to all of you and thanks for flying the flag for the ACT-Monaro District Golf Association.

Jim Jackson (DGA Captain)

click here for the full results from the Golf Australia web site