Jang & Brady Maintain Lead at NSW Junior

Kassidy Rogan
July 10, 2024

Ann Jang has managed to hang on to her four-shot lead at the NSW Junior Championship, while Queenslander Jedd Brady has continued his fine form during round two today.

17-year-old Brady shot a one-under-par round of 69 at Cabramatta, taking his total score to -6.

“I think today didn’t come as easily as it did yesterday. Walking on the course today my two goals today were to commit 100% to every shot and, most importantly, have fun,” he said.

“The measure of success today was not to hit every shot perfectly or have amazing scores. It was just to get out there, have fun and just enjoy the moment. That’s really it.”

Brady credited his playing partners – Cameron Walker, Reggie Murray, and Jamie Seol – for keeping the game fun and motivating.

“I obviously had three amazing guys to play with and golf is sport, so we were having fun.”

“I was just out there controlling what I could control and just let the result take care of itself.”

Despite the muddy conditions from the recent wet weather, Brady adapted well.

“I think that both courses have been a good test of golf. Two completely different styles, Liverpool’s got lots of water and this is more treelined. I think the best golf will definitely win over four days,” said Brady.

As the tournament heats up, Brady’s strategy is simple; “I think it’s just continuing on. You can think, five, ten, even 36 holes ahead of what could be at the end of the championship, but if you’re doing that, you’re obviously not concentrating on the next shot,” he added.

“So, I think that’s all I’ve got to do for the next two rounds. Just focus on every shot 100% and whatever result that gives me, I’ll be happy with that.”

Hot on Brady’s heels is Ryde Parramatta’s Vidur Subramaniam, just three shots behind at -3. Subramaniam also shot a one-under-par round of 69 at Cabramatta today.

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“I played pretty good today, very consistent. I hit lots of fairways and greens today, so I think that reduced how many bogeys I had,” he said.

“The course was wet, but I think it was much better than Liverpool. There was not much run today, so I made it a little bit harder, but yeah, it was good on the whole. And the greens were quick.”

The NSW Junior Boy’s Team member is hoping to make some moves heading into round three.

“I think this course can be really rewarding if you’re playing good. So as long as I stay in the current form, I should be pretty good, I’m excited.”

In third after a remarkable seven-under-par round of 65 at Liverpool Golf Club today is Cromer’s Hamish Robb. His total score now sits at -1.

In the girl’s division, Ann Jang began the day with a four-shot lead and, despite some challenges, managed to maintain her advantage at Cabramatta.

“It was a really hard course, one of the hardest courses ever. It was pretty narrow and the greens were pretty hard. I just couldn’t hit it right today and I had so many three putts,” she said.  

“I finished birdie on the last so that makes me feel a little better. It was a pretty tough day.”

Ja Jang ended with a three-over-par round of 76, bringing her total score to -5. She’s now focused on getting her game back on track for the next two days.

“I think I might just forget about this day and look back to playing at Liverpool. I just need to do my thing. I feel better because I like Liverpool more.”

Meanwhile, Michelle Bang of Concord made some serious moves, climbing to second position.

The 17-year-old was the only girl to shoot under par during round two, finishing with an impressive one-under-par round of 72 at Cabramatta.

“My shots were getting better on the back nine so I’m happy about that and to have moved up the leaderboard,” she said.  

“This course is so narrow, I hit the trees a lot today but had some good saves so I’m happy. Hopefully, I can hit lots of fairways tomorrow.”

Tied for third on an even score is Avondale’s Rachel Lee, Victorian Sophie Mann and Queensland’s Elly Petersen.

Round three will get underway at 7 AM tomorrow, with the girls to play at Liverpool, and the boys at Cabramatta.

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