It may have only been a small field of participants for the 2020 re-scheduled MGGC Junior Championship, however the crowning of this year’s title came down to a putt on the final green of the 54 hole tournament.
After an eagle on the par 4 hole 15, Hayden Faulkner eventually took out the prized trophy with a three-round total of 234 (78,77,79) to win by a single stroke from runner-up Josiah Lim on 235 (78,76,81).
Hayden, who joined the Club a couple of years ago from Christmas Island, has been a staple in the MGGC Division 1 Junior Pennant team since. Arriving on a Christmas Island GC handicap of 4.9 in January 2019, his improvement has been an incredible journey lowering his handicap to one (1). Upon his arrival in WA he had to develop a new part of his game – he had never played from a bunker, until then!
Hayden joins some of the great names that appear on the trophy including Matt Jager, Stephen Dartnell and Nick Piani.
Josiah Lim went so close. Trying to emulate the success of his dual Junior Champion brother Ethan, it was not to be.
Jason Mak completed a rare three-peat, by taking the Best Nett trophy with a 54 hole total of 215 (67,74,74) to finish twelve shots clear of Ben Kivelhan on 227. Jason has won the Best Nett trophy over the past three years being successful in 2018 and 2019. Jason’s 67 in Round 1 also won $70 for the Spring Junior Medal, sponsored by member Bob More, whilst Josiah won the best gross score for the round.
Special thanks to Bil Richardson for his sponsorship of the Old Perth Port Junior Championship and the MGGC members, who had donated $25 sponsorships for the Juniors which contributed to the prizes.
KN – VP