Difficult conditions greeted the Adidas Junior 6s Tour at Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club on Sunday, where a first time player took home the spoils.
Hailing from the nearby Southport Golf Club, also the home club to up-and-coming star Elvis Smylie, Travis Robbie made his first start on the circuit and walked away the winner after battling the cool conditions and strong winds the best. And having overcome club mate Shyla Singh in the match play portion of the day.
The River Course, ranked 63rd on Golf Australia magazine’s Top-100 Public Access Courses in 2021, certainly bared its significant teeth in the gusty winds that reached 40 km/h regularly throughout the day, with Robbie’s even par round of 72 in the stroke play the equal best round of the day. Singh’s 73 on the girls’ side also level with par.
Robbie was setting the pace early, turning in two under before three sixes on the back nine (two bogeys, one double) saw him come back to the pack.
Singh similarly had her best stuff on the front nine, but managed to mix two birdies with a bogey and a double bogey on the back side to finish even before going down to her fellow Southport member in the six hole match play.
Billy Dowling was one of four players to finish one shot out of the match play at one-over-par, having attracted attention as one of the pre-tournament favourites after his Queensland Open efforts earlier this year, while defending Adidas Junior 6s Tour girls champion Justice Bosio recorded a three-over round of 76.
Courtesy of his victory, Robbie moves to second on the boys’ season long points race behind runaway leader Jeffrey Guan, while Singh now shares second with Brielle Mapanao and Jeneath Wong on the girls’ side with Molly McLean in the lead.
The next event on the Adidas Junior 6s Tour takes place this Sunday at Pelican Waters on the Sunshine Coast.