13 Dec 2021 | Amateur golf |

Strong field to light up Greg Norman Junior Masters

by Golf Australia

Billy Dowling desperately trying to finish his round before darkness in RD2 of the Isuzu Queensland Open.
Queensland junior champion Billy Dowling is one of many talents youngsters in action this week.

The country’s leading junior golfers are in action at the Palmer Gold Coast Golf Club today for the 31st Greg Norman Junior Masters.

Hosted by Golf Australia at the Robina course, this qualifying-only event will attract up to 200 of the best juniors from across the country, with the majority hailing from Queensland. It will be held from 13 to 16 December with four rounds of stroke and a 54-hole cut.

The field will include the likes of the Queensland junior champion Billy Dowling and Kai Komulainen, winner of three state junior championships this year in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, as well as Justice Bosio, winner of the 2020 Keperra Bowl as well as the South Australian Junior Amateur, and Haruhi Nakatani, the reigning Queensland junior champion.

There are also several players travelling from the Northern Territory to compete.

Golf Australia’s Golf Development Manager for Queensland Adrian Hewat praised the resilience of parents and golfers in working through the difficulties of the pandemic.

“We’ve been lucky here but it’s been difficult to plan around events,” said Hewat. “We can’t speak highly enough of everyone involved in the game because they’ve had to work through all of the difficulties. A few events have been cancelled but now they’re getting back to some sort of normality.”

Golf Australia’s Queensland manager Luke Bates said: “The Greg Norman Junior Masters has been a key event in the pathway for Queensland’s junior golfers for 31 years and its list of past winners demonstrates this – Karrie Webb, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Cameron Smith, just a few to name.

“And the event not only attracts the top players, but also their families. There is plenty of great golf on display over the week and many activities for those involved to take up while visiting the Gold Coast.”

Bates also thanked businessman Clive Palmer for his continued involvement and contribution to the Greg Norman Junior Masters.

The Greg Norman Junior Masters is proudly sponsored by Drewmaster, Titleist and the Brisbane Nomads.

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