Twelve of New South Wales’ finest golfers have been rewarded with representative honours for 2021.
With the COVID pandemic again causing the cancellation of the esteemed Australian Interstate Series, Golf NSW has continued to recognise the achievements of our best athletes with State Representative status.
The Golf NSW representatives for 2021 are:
Kelsey Bennett – St. Michael’s GC
Harry Bolton – Royal Canberra/ NSW GC
Harrison Crowe – St. Michael’s GC
Christopher Fan – Avondale GC
Jeffrey Guan – The Australian GC
Stefanie Hall – The Australian GC
Belinda Ji – Concord GC
Grace Kim – Avondale GC
Jye Pickin – Avondale GC
Andy Richards – Pennant Hills GC
June Song – Avondale GC
Sophie Yip – Concord GC
Selected at senior level for the first time are Avondale’s Chris Fan and The Australian Golf Club’s Jeffrey Guan & Stefanie Hall.
Jeffrey Guan needs no introduction to followers of amateur golf in this country. The remarkable 16-year-old announced himself with Medallist honours at the NSW Amateur before recording a stirring runner-up finish in the Australian Amateur Championship at Kooyonga in March.
Guan consolidated his growing reputation by claiming the Australian Boys Title at Gold Creek just a few weeks later.
Christopher Fan continues to take great strides in the sport, qualifying for this year’s Golf Challenge NSW Open at Concord via the Regional Open Series.
Hall, who has just turned 21, claimed a remarkable three club championships (The Australian, Links Shell Cove, and the Grange (NSW)) during the past 12 months. Hall was also the joint winner of the Australian Golf Club Medal at the end of April.
Others gaining selection include:
- Kelsey Bennet: who continues her climb through the ranks of Australian amateur golf, claiming the Women’s Tasmanian Open Crown earlier this year. Alongside Sophie Yip, Bennett was a member of the NSW Women’s Team, which claimed back-to-back interstate teams crowns in 2018 and 2019.
- Harry Bolton: who, alongside Jye Pickin, claimed low amateur honours at this year’s Golf Challenge NSW Open, as well as this year’s South Australian Amateur Classic.
- Harrison Crowe: Crowe claimed the 2020 Victorian Amateur Championship in November last year and continues to be one of the State’s brightest talents.
- Belinda Ji: A former NSW Junior Girls Champion and still the youngest to ever qualify for the NSW Women’s Open, JI was also the inaugural Girls Junior 6’s Champion in 2019.
- Grace Kim: Australia’s Highest ranked female amateur, the back-to-back women’s NSW Amateur Champion competed at this year’s Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Just this month, Kim picked up her first win on US Soil playing on the developmental Cactus Tour.
- Jye Pickin: Returning home after a brief stint in college, Pickin played some of the best golf of his young career at this year’s Golf Challenge NSW Open to share low amateur honours alongside fellow NSW rep Harry Bolton.
- Andy Richards: The Pennant Hills representative returns to the team after being selected for the Australian Interstate Series in 2018. Richards had a great summer, claiming the NSW Amateur Championship and the world-ranked Riversdale Cup.
- June Song: The Avondale Golf Club member cruised to victory in the recent Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic at Lake Karinyup. Her game will undoubtedly continue to improve when she begins her studies later this year at Iowa State University.
- Sophie Yip: Yip claimed her first NSW girl’s title in December last year at Mt Broughton Golf and Country Club. Selected as an NSW Senior representative at just 14 years old, Yip, alongside Bennett, was a member of the team which claimed back-to-back interstate titles in 2018 and 2019.
Golf NSW’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Graeme Phillipson, said all of the individuals selected had produced impressive results in the last year, despite the difficulties COVID had presented.
“The playing group we have selected have recorded some great results, especially with the difficulties of closed borders and travel restrictions due to the pandemic.
“This is an impressive squad, and they all have impressive resumes.”
- The NSW Junior Boy’s and Girl’s teams will be announced at the conclusion of the NSW Junior Championships in July.