The next wave of junior talent could be accelerated onto the senior Tours, thanks to an innovative and exciting competition series that’s set to fast-track our budding stars.
The Junior 6’s Invitational will see the country’s brightest boys and girls compete for exemption on multiple events on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and ALPG Tour cards.
The 7-8 October event at Cronulla Golf Club in Sydney will feature a quality field of 36 boys and 36 girls vying for a start on their respective Tours.
The boys will fight for automatic entry into this year’s NSW Open and Gippsland Super 6 events, while the girls will be chasing a spot in the 2020 NSW Women’s Open.
Former PGA TOUR player Ewan Porter, who is the mastermind behind the concept, believes it will create a stronger pathway for our young guns to achieve their dreams.
“The Junior 6’s Invitational gives our most promising golfers the chance to compete on the Professional circuit, which will be invaluable to their development,” Mr Porter said.
“The concept has been embraced by the golf industry and has attracted a number of partners who are all committed to making this a lasting success.
Nick Dastey, the Interim Executive – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, expects the Junior 6’s Invitational to become a huge drawcard on the junior circuit.
“The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia is excited to provide such a great playing opportunity for the leading boy from this unique event, which I am sure will quickly become one of the Asian region’s elite junior tournaments,” Mr Dastey said.
“We’re just as passionate as Ewan Porter to grow this event into one of the country’s strongest talent pathways.”
Current Australian Junior Champions, Elvis Smylie and Hye Park, will showcase their talents at next month’s tournament, as well as NSW favourite Harrison Crowe and one of Queensland’s brightest female junior talents, Cassie Porter (both pictured).
This unique format will see competitors play 36 holes Strokeplay with the top eight boys and top eight girls moving on to 6’s matchplay – a hybrid of the Victorian Open format and World Super 6 Perth.
Entries are still being accepted for any Juniors wishing to enter (subject to tournament entry criteria).
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