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2019 WA State Golf Championships at Royal FremantlePosted in Sport on Friday, 16 August, 2019

As the sun began to rise over Royal Fremantle, 217 students from across 25 schools around Perth made their way through the famous door that houses Australians next top golfers and is currently the home of likes of Min Woo Lee. Mandurah Catholic College sent a small team of 6 students which included 3 students making their MCC debut.

Zane Riches who was appointed captain by his peers was entering his final tournament in his 14 Years at the College. Zane was teamed up with Year 9 debut Lachlan Norris who was unknown to his competitors and nervous on arrival. Zane used his years of experience to settle the nerves of his younger playing partner from the start.

Jaxon Wyllie who was the youngest in the squad at just 13 years of aged, teamed up with Isaac Heales who was playing off an impressive handicap of 10. Jaxon displayed maturity beyond his years and was embraced by his teammates throughout the day.

This left Alex Maxwell and the flamboyant Brayden Napoli to team up. Alex, who was playing his first tournament as a scratch player, started off slow but built into his round. Brayden on the other hand, started with a flurry of birdies which was a result of some sublime stroke play.

As the tournament reached the half way mark, Mandurah Catholic College had placed themselves in a strong position lead by Alex Maxwell. This, in turn, took the pressure of the younger squad members and allowed them to play their natural game. Players had concluded 16 holes and the rumour started to circulate that MCC ‘s Alex and Brayden were join leaders with 2 holes remaining. Alex pared his final two holes but it was the less experienced player in Brayden who managed to birdie his last and with that, secure the title for Mandurah Catholic College in the Senior Pairs. The combined score was an impressive total of 72 stableford points.

A special individual mentions need to go to Jaxon Wyllie who took 3rd place in the Year 7 stableford play, and Alex Maxwell for scoring an outstanding 38 points, which saw him finish 1 shot behind the tournament winner, in the runner up position.

Richard Lacey
Physical Education Teacher