For the second week in a row the Adidas Junior 6s Tour is in Queensland, this time at Pelican Waters Golf Club on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Here is all you need to know about Sunday’s event.
COURSE: Host of the two most recent Queensland Opens, Pelican Waters Golf Club welcomes some of the country’s best junior golfers this weekend for Ewan Porter’s brainchild, the Adidas Junior 6s Tour.
Designed by Bob Harrison and Greg Norman the course was built on flood prone land and is some of the design pair’s best work on land where a great deal of earth moving was required to produce the course.
Ranked No.29 in Golf Australia magazine’s Top-100 Public Access Course ranking in January this year, Pelican Waters tips out at 6,289-metres and plays to a par of 72.
FORMAT: The competitors will play 18 holes of stroke play, with points on the year-long race awarded to a number of players, and the top boys and girls finishers to go head-to-head in a six-hole match for the title and additional points.
PLAYERS TO WATCH …
Blaike Perkins is a player to keep an eye on this Sunday, and a strong favourite to take out the title with very good reason.
Perkins is a member at Pelican Waters, so his course knowledge will be a significant advantage over the rest of the field, and the Sunshine Coast local is in great form too.
The 18-year-old took out the Northern Territory Classic last weekend, his win including a course record 62 at Darwin Golf Club, and Perkins recorded a top-10 at the Australian Amateur.
If Perkins can keep his momentum going he will be hard to stop on his home track.
Last week’s winner Travis Robbie will tee it up in his second Junior 6s Tour event having won on debut at Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club.
A Gold Coast local, Robbie fired an even par round last Sunday despite three back nine 6s on his scorecard, before defeating fellow Southport Golf Club member Shyla Singh in the match play portion.
RIGHT: As the top-ranked girls junior player in the country, Justice Bosio will fancy her chances of featuring on the leaderboard this weekend. PHOTO: Supplied.
Sarah Hammett actually lost ground on the season long points race last week after a respectable two-over-par 75 in extremely difficult conditions at Coolangatta-Tweed.
Hammett is in fifth on the Tour’s Girls points standings and currently sits atop Golf Australia’s National Girls Order of Merit.
Just 14 years of age, Hammett was the winner of the South Australian Junior Amateur earlier this year and wouldn’t surprise if she is in the mix to make the match play section this weekend at Pelican Waters.
The 2020 Junior 6s Tour champion Justice Bosio will still be smarting from finishing with four straight bogeys last Sunday at Coolangatta & Tweed Heads.
Bosio signed for a three-over round of 76 after the closing bogeys, which saw her finish three shots adrift of a spot in the match play portion of the day.
As evidenced in her performance last year to take out the year-long title, Bosio is a very impressive player and should find Pelican Waters to her liking this week.