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Birdie Blitz for Jang & Brady at NSW Junior

Kassidy Rogan

July 9, 2024

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Birdie Blitz for Jang & Brady at NSW Junior

Ann Jang’s fight to score a second NSW Junior Championship title is off to a flying start after a phenomenal bogey-free round of eight under par 66 in today’s opening round.

Playing at Liverpool Golf Club, the 17-year-old’s scorecard featured a very impressive eight birdies despite the wet conditions.

“It was a pretty simple round. I just hit it to the fairway and hit it to the green and then I just putted in. It was a pretty good round for me, and I feel really happy,”Jang said.

“It was really muddy, but you can actually hit it anywhere because it doesn’t run. So, it was okay.”

The round has put her four shots in front of her closest competitors, the NSW GC member saying she was trying something a little different out there.

“I was just trying to focus on my golf more, not to care about scores and it worked today.”

Jang won the event back in 2021 and admits she would love to hold the trophy again this year.

“I’m hoping to win another one, it would be pretty special to me, especially as it’s my last year.”

IN second place at four under is Queenslander Elly Petersen, with Avondale gun Rachel Lee, just back from representing Australia at the Inaugural USGA VS Australia Junior Teasm challenge in Wisconsin, in third place at minus three.

In the boy’s division, Queenslander Jedd Brady is out in front by two shots after his impressive five under par round at Liverpool.

The 17-year-old from Royal Queensland had eight birdies on his scorecard, saying he thought he did well to get around the damp course.

“I think I holed a lot of putts today; I think my ball striking was really on point. But I mean to score you have to hole the putts and I think that’s what I did best today,” he said.

“The last few tournaments I’ve been making a lot of mistakes so I knew if I just kept the birdies up and limited the mistakes then I’d be in a good spot, and I think I did that pretty well today.”

Never having played the NSW Jnr before, Brady said he was ecstatic with his start and hoped to keep the momentum going.

“It’s only round one, but it’s a positive start. I think I just need to focus for the next few days and keep doing what I’m doing,” he added.

“I really just wanted to go out there and have fun and do the best I could and see where that ends up after four rounds.”

In a tie for second are Victorian Rupert Toomey, Concord’s Chayse Thorpe and Lynwood’s Matthew Fullerton, all at three under par..

Fullerton, who’s played the tournament for many years, said he was feeling really comfortable.

“I came in with a pretty good mindset, just positive on the drive here which I think was one of the main focuses for me out there. And then I just carried that attitude into my round with every shot that I hit. And yeah, it worked out,” he said.

“I feel like I can continue to play pretty good golf from here, as long as I just stay on the path I’m going on. I know that I’ll have a good tournament.”

Round two will tee off 7.00 AM tomorrow at Liverpool and Cabramatta Golf Clubs.

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