Jeffrey Guan and Charlotte Perkins have walked away with the boys and girls titles at the NSW Combined High Schools (CHS) Championship at Catalina Country Club.
The pair, both in year 11 at Endeavour Sports High and both members of The Australian Golf Club, motored away from their opponents in the final round, Perkins winning by five from Newcastle’s Ella Scaysbrook, while Guan, showed his class, firing a five-under-par 67 to win by a staggering nine shots.
Starting the day two shots back, Guan made his intentions clear early, birdieing the first to get within one.
With the scoring proving tricky around the tight Catalina layout, The reigning Australian Junior Champion got a wake-up call when his tee shot on the 17th rolled just out of bounds.
The resulting triple-bogey bit hard; however, being the competitor he is, Guan quickly bounced back with a birdie on 18.( his 9th). From there, he didn’t look back.
Three more birdies in the next four holes saw his lead out to six, and when he rolled in back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th, it was all over.
“Yeah, that triple was actually good for me, just to get me back on track, focused.” Guan beamed.
“I birdied 18, and that gave me a bit of momentum.
“I birdied one, then hit the green (for two) on the third, and then things started going my way again.”
The CHS Title is the second time Guan had claimed individual honours after victory at Yamba in 2019. Despite claiming more than his fair share of accolades over the past six months. The 16-year-old said seeing his name alongside some of the players who had won it before was very special.
“It has a good history for sure, and I do get a thrill seeing my name up there,” Guan smiled.
In the Girl’s, Endevaour High’s Charlotte Perkins made every post a winner.
After starting the final round with a two-shot lead, Perkins got off to a slow start with three bogeys in her opening nine.
However, the 16-year-old settled down on the back nine, and with birdies on the 12 and 17th, Perkins had the title safely locked away.
“Yeah, I’m pretty stoked. I’ve just got a new clubs, so it was pretty good to come out here and have a win.”
“I struggled a bit on the first nine with no birdies. The birdie on 12 got me going. I was good for the rest of the round,” Perkins said post-round.
Perkins has been quietly accumulating titles in the Jack Newton Junior Golf Ranks over the last few years, and the CHS title is another crown she is delighted to have on her resume.
“Yeah, I’m very honoured to have won this event, especially after seeing some of the great names on it. Hopefully, I can follow in their footsteps.”
Former winners of the NSW CHS CHampionship include:
Blake Windred ( 2014)
Cameron Davis (2011)
Shelly Shin ( 2011)
Rebecca Flood (2006)
Nick Flanagan ( 2001)
Sarah Kemp ( 2001)
Nikki Garrett ( 2000)
Ewan Porter ( 1999)
Steve Elkington ( 1980)
Rodger Davis ( 1968)
Jack Newton (1966)