31 May 2021 | Amateur golf |
Queenslanders dominate NT Classic
by Martin Blake
Queenslanders Haruhi Nakatani and Blaike Perkins have won the big titles at the NT Masters in Darwin. The teenage pair both put on dominating displays, with 18-year-old Perkins shooting a Darwin Golf Club course record 62 in the second round of the 54-hole stroke tournament, and Nakatani winning the open women's event by a whopping nine shots. Perkins comes from Calliope in the Gladstone region and plays out of Pelican Waters. He was 11 under overall and won the men's event by six shots with scores of 71-62-72 from Joseph Curran of Moore Park in Sydney. It was his first ranking event win, although he has been part of Queensland teams and finished runner-up in the 2019 Queensland Boys' Amateur, and top-five in last year's South Australian Amateur as well as top eight at the Australian Amateur. Nakatani, just 14, from the Surfers Paradise club, is a previous winner of the Tasmanian Junior Masters and finished in the top four of this year's Australian Amateur. She shot rounds of 70-72-71 to win the women's tournament at three under par from another Queenslander, Emily Martin. Natatani's elder brother Manato also won the junior boys title in Darwin making it a family affair, given that Haruhi also won the junior trophy.
NT locals Thomas Harold and Sandy Ford won the senior titles.
Four Victorian players who flew into Darwin for the event were placed in isolation and not allowed to play the tournament because of pandemic border restrictions.
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