For any follower of junior golf in this country, and indeed for Jeffrey Guan himself, it must seem that every time the New South Welshman tees it up he collects a trophy.
Fresh off his victory in the Australian Junior last week, Guan teed it up alongside his fellow title winner, Jeneath Wong, at the second event of the Adidas Junior 6s Tour for 2021 at Yarra Yarra Golf Club in Melbourne.
Guan took his second consecutive title in the series after another impressive performance.
The leading qualifier for the Super 6s knockout with a round of 70 (two under) around the Tom Doak-renovated layout, Guan took on Peninsula Kingswood member Jacob Taberner in the match play final, the Victorian earning his place after an even-par round that was levelled by Kai Komulainen.
Guan was two over early in his round, before a birdie at the 9th hole was followed by another at the short par-4 10th where he drove the green and two putted.
With greens rolling 13 on the stimpmeter and the course in top tournament condition, the players from around Australia took some time adjusting to the putting surfaces and approach play. Guan was the only player to break par, and Molly McLean recorded the best of the girls' scores for the day with a two-over round of 74, while Wong couldn’t emulate Guan, finishing a couple back with 76.
Guan now holds a commanding 1,150-point lead in the boys' year-long points race, while Royal Sydney runner-up Brielle Mapanao’s 150 points accrued at Yarra Yarra gives her a slight lead over McLean in the girls' competition.
The Adidas Junior 6s Tour heads to Metropolitan on May 10 for its next event.
“Yarra Yarra was in absolutely mint condition,” Adidas Junior 6s Tour founder Ewan Porter told Golf Australia magazine. “Some of the players found it a little tricky around the greens, which were running very fast.”
“The club were a delight to deal with, and it was great to see a large number of interstate competitors in Victoria competing this week.”