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Charlie Smith clinches junior title in thrilling finale

Winner: Adam Perry won the 15-19 age group by 16 strokes at the ICS/Cobra Puma Junior Golf Championships yesterday at Ocean View Golf Course. Pictured- Adam Perry age 19 (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

There was an exciting finish in the boys under-11 age group at the ICS/Cobra Puma Junior Golf Championships as Charlie Smith claimed the title despite a triple bogey six with one hole to play at Ocean View yesterday.

Leading by three shots on the last hole, Smith carded a triple bogey to shoot 43 for his nine holes. Lachlan Soutter missed his putt for par to force a play-off.

Lewis McFarlane, who started the day six shots back, made quick inroads on his competitors, but unfortunately ran out of holes as he finished with a round of 40 for his nine holes.

Smith’s total of 82 over 18 holes proved enough to secure the winner’s spot, closely followed by Soutter on 83 and McFarlane on 85.

“The scores are very impressive and if they stick to it these children have a bright future in store,” said tournament director Brian Morris.

In the girls division, nine-year-old Aina Namiki fired a solid 40 over nine holes and ended her day with a birdie two to clinch her division with a score of 91 after the two days.

Namiki was the lone competitor in her group and she would have been difficult to beat had someone else entered in her division.

“I could have done a bit better but I didn’t putt too good. I really enjoyed the tournament and hopefully next year I will have other girls to play against,” she said.

In the boys 12-14 division, Arman Newton showed his class by firing a solid 76 to finish with a 19-stroke victory over Ramsay Soutter who finished in second place with a two-round total of 177.

Saqui Robinson, finished where he started, nailing down third place with a much improved 85 to finish on a 180 total.

“I was a little shaky on the first day, but I shook the nerves off and played really solid today,” said Newton.

“Thank you for organising the tournament, it was well structured and a lot of fun.”

Morris added: “Newton will be a golfer to watch going forward as he has a sound temperament for golf and a very positive attitude to go along with natural ability.”

As expected, in the boys 15-19 group newly crowned Bermuda Stroke Play champion, Adam Perry, 19, added to his trophy cabinet by securing first place with a two-round total of 145 to win by a commanding 16 shots over second placed Dylan Muso who also had a solid round of 78 to finish on 161.

Jonah Faria filled in the third spot on 187 to round off a really good week for his first tournament outing.

“Perry thanked all the staff and volunteers and has set the benchmark for children to come,” Morris added.

“Thank you so much to Island Construction and Cobra Puma Golf, all of the parents, players and volunteers. This was definitely one of the most successful junior tournaments by far and we look forward to hosting them all next year.”

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Published July 09, 2022 at 7:55 am (Updated July 09, 2022 at 7:55 am)

Charlie Smith clinches junior title in thrilling finale

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