April 18, 2024

Queenslanders dominate at JNJG International

Queenslander Campbell Kerr has come out on top after the second round of the Jack Newton International Junior Classic.

Kerr had a two under par round of 68 today, seeing him take the solo lead heading into the pointy end of the tournament.

“It was a rough front nine, but I had a really good back nine. I started off with a birdie and thought it was going to be another good day and then I found a bit of trouble, but I made plenty of birdies to make up for a few mistakes which was very handy in the end,” he said.

Just one shot ahead of his competition, he plans to stick to the same routine in hopes he can maintain his lead.

“I’m feeling confident. I think I’m in a good place. Obviously, there’s a lot of good players up the top there so being in the final grouping tomorrow and playing with them will be great.”

“I’ll use the same clubs off the tee and just play to the conditions. It’ll all be the same, I’ll just have to handle the pressure of the lead, but I’ve been in that situation a few times now and I think I can do it.”

Also climbing the leader board today was Queenslander Kai Komulainen, shooting a phenomenal five under par to bring him into second place.

“Yesterday I got off to a rough start and kind of brought it back on the front nine. So, I wanted to bring some of that momentum through to today,” he said.

“I got off to a hot start. It was really comfortable out there and I had a lot of birdies. It got a little bit cold on the back nine, but I held it together pretty well and I’m happy with my round.”

Tied for second alongside Komulainen is Cooper Moore from New Zealand, Kayun Mudadana of NSW GC and Queenslander David Hammett.

David’s sister Sarah Hammett is leading the girl’s division after a very strong round today, shooting an extraordinary six under par today.

The sixteen-year-old is now a very handy four shots ahead of her closest competitor.

“I hit it really well, I gave myself lots of birdie opportunities. I had a nice eagle on six. I hit it to like half a foot from 180 and I just finished strong,” she said.

The best round of the day though was accomplished by Victorian Amelia Harris, shooting an astonishing seven under par round of 65.

“I just a had a couple birdies and an eagle. It was a good run,” she said.

“I feel like I had better course management today and my drives were going straighter. I played the course last year too, so I knew where to go, where not to go.”

After shooting seven over during round one yesterday, she said today’s round was quite a surprise.

“It feels good to be playing better and be closer to the top instead of the bottom. I’m very happy to bring my score back to equal.”

In second behind Hammett is Concord’s Michelle Bang on four under par, with Yui Yanahara from Japan in third place on three under par.

Meanwhile, after the second round of the Jack Newton International Sub-Junior Classic at Rydges Resort today Wollongong’s Zac Oyston has managed to hang onto his lead after shooting 70. And The Australian’s Camilla Kim is smashing the competition in the girl’s division, sitting one shot ahead on one under par.

The third round of the tournament will tee off from 6:15 AM on Wednesday.

See all the scores from today below:

  • Jack Newton International Junior Classic – Leaderboard
  • Jack Newton International Sub-Junior Classic – Leaderboard
  • Jack Newton International 9 Hole Junior Classic – Leaderboard

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