Although each of the travelling golfing families did a 60km/h hot lap in the family wagon around the famous Mount Panorama Race track, it was the Peter O’Malley Jack Newton Junior Masters that brought 26 local juniors together from across the Central Coast District to compete and have fun across the Bathurst weekend.
It was Dimi Papadatos who set the tone for the weekend on the Friday night at camp with an extremely kind gesture donating a personal tournament played Titleist Vokey wedge to each of the 26 Juniors.
Emotional district Junior Development Officer Mick Lamaro said “That’s our thoughtful Dimi, he is forever giving back to the grass roots, it was a special moment witnessing the priceless reaction, tears, excitement and disbelief from the boys and girls aged 10 to 17. Forever memories, special turning point in each of these Junior’s golfing/life journeys. Forever the gentleman and one of a kind Dimi – thank you.”
Lamaro hosted the Junior trip away. Organised for juniors across all the district clubs, their parents, and siblings. The touring group stayed at the Bathurst Sheep Cattle & Drome Station at Heritage Park.
“It was so rewarding to see all the kids having fun together at the farm, practicing, relaxing as they awaited their Saturday and Sunday tee times,” Lamaro said.
RIGHT: The bag of wedges donated by Papadatos to Central Coast juniors. PHOTO: Supplied.
With the Juniors already rewarded the night before the tournament, thanks to Dimi and Drummond Golf sponsored show bags, all that was left to do was to enjoy the tournament, meet new friends and give it your best.
Another local Central Coast connection saw Annika Boyd from the Toukley Golf Club and now working for JNJG, hosting her first tournament with close to 200 boys and girls competing.
With Papadatos the recent VIC Open winner on the grind preparing for his hopeful return to the DP World Tour, he still managed to check in, encourage and keep an eye on the leaderboards for the weekend.
Dimi when he heads to the 150th Open at St. Andrews this July, will have 26 Central Coast Juniors sitting on the couch with their Vokey wedges cheering him on and may hoping his good deeds are rewarded with the Claret Jug. And 26 kids and potential caddies will be on standby.
Papadatos even made the time to be part of a special presentation night held at the Toukley Golf Club.
“I’m so proud of the young ones and happy to lend a hand at all times when I’m here back home on the Coast” Papadatos said.
“I see how much these talented kids practice, love their commitment, but I’m more impressed with how a couple of the kids handled and bounced back from some unfortunate luck and rulings across the weekend.”
The game of Golf is absolutely thriving across the Central Coast thanks to role models like Dimi, up and coming mentors like Darcy and Annika Boyd, Jordie Garner and extremely passionate volunteers behind the scenes with Mick Lamaro leading the way.
"Dimi Papadatos set the tone for the weekend on the Friday night at camp with a kind gesture donating a personal tournament played Titleist Vokey wedge to each of the 26 Juniors."
“All the titles and trophies collected in the winners circle was a bonus to compliment the fun and successful weekend had by all,” said Mr Lamaro.
Congratulations goes out to Riley Millers from the Magenta Shores Golf Club for winning the overall scratch event with a marvellous five-under 71 and 66. Kooindah Waters and The Vintage’s Harry Preece chased down Toukley’s young gun Blake Cranston to win the Under 11s Scratch. Wyong’s Girls Club Champion Kiara Connolly-Jackson took out the Under 13’s Division. With Shelly Beach’s duo of Archie Morris and Desiree Herden taking out their division titles in the nett.