Whykes and Bannan take charge

Peninsula Round 1

Portsea Golf Club was host to today’s opening round of the Mornington Peninsula Junior Open. The course was presented in fantastic condition with the greens rolling true and fast. Conditions were simply perfect as players basked in the bright sunshine all afternoon.

Leading the charge in the boys section is Harrison Whykes after carding an impressive one under-par 70. The National member turned with two birdies and one bogey for a one under outward nine before coming home with level par for the lead. Whykes took home the honours in this event back in 2014 so there is no doubt the 18-year-old will be looking for history to repeat itself after tomorrow’s final round at Sorrento Golf Club.

Max Green will start three shots behind the overnight leader after signing for two over-par 73 while Kristoff Soliven is placed a further shot back on 74. A cluster of four boys fired rounds of 75 to sit within striking distance of Whykes.  

Sothern’s Kay Bannan will sleep with the overnight lead in girls section after carding a round of 79 this afternoon. Bannan has had a strong year to date highlighted by a trip to Hong Kong as a development player at the Asia-Pacific Junior Championship in August. Good friend and under 17 SSV teammate Kai Shipp is only two shots behind following a round of 81.

Matthew McFarlane has a grip on the overall nett section after the Curlewis member signed for an effortless 66 from his 8 handicap. However, Oliver Ngo will be nipping at his heels after notching up a solid round of 67.  

Tomorrow’s final round will kick off at 8:30am tomorrow at Sorrento Golf Club.

Round 1 results and Round 2 draw 

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