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Form juniors scoop WA crowns

Kirsten Rudgeley and Hayden Hopewell
Kirsten Rudgeley and Hayden Hopewell show off their WA Junior trophies.

Kirsten Rudgeley and Hayden Hopewell have added to their title collections, clinching trophies at the Drummond Golf Junior Championship of Western Australia at Royal Fremantle Golf Club.

Rudgeley was at her brilliant best throughout the 36-hole tournament, leading from start to finish to claim the title from Abbie Teasdale. 

The Mount Lawley star was consistent during both rounds to post a four-under total, with her morning round of 68 catapulting her to a second state junior title.

Hopewell’s 2018 rise is only getting sweeter with the state junior title making it three wins in the calendar year. The Royal Fremantle member was kept honest by Adam Brady, with the Vines young gun finishing just two shots adrift.

An opening-round three-under-par 68 set the tone for the in-form Hopewell and, despite dropping shots late in round two, the 16-year-old rallied with a par on the last to seal the title. 

Hopewell was ecstatic to win his maiden state junior title.

“It’s amazing, I can’t believe it,” Hopewell said.

“It feels even better being at my home club.”

The youngster will reflect on this year fondly, citing a more focused approach as his reason for success.

“I’ve played really well this year, finally the hard work is paying off,” he said.

“I have been really focusing in with my coach and I’ve just become a bit more consistent.

“The wind got up and it made things tougher today, but in the back of my mind just stayed confident and that was the key.”

Rudgeley sealed her second state title with a birdie on the last.

“Yeah, it’s a great feeling to have a second one, particularly given it is my last state junior tournament,” Rudgeley said.

“The last four holes I really just felt like I lost concentration, but other than that felt I played well.”

Joe Teasdale took out the boys’ sub-junior trophy, while Valerie Khuu claimed the girls’ sub-junior.

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