Junior Golf

Yowani Juniors Selected in ACT Golf Team for

2017 Pacific School Games

Seven Yowani Junior members have been selected in the ACT Schools Golf Team to participate in the 2017 Pacific Schools Games in Adelaide in December this year. The players selected are:

Tom O’Rourke             17 years and Under Team

Taylah Ellems             17 years and Under Team

Silka Solomon             17 years and Under Team

Nathan White              12 years and Under Team

Ryan Ulrich                 12 years and Under Team

Levi Brideson              12 years and Under Team

Kasha Solomon          12 years and Under Team (Reserve)


The players will play on some of Adelaide’s most prestigious golf courses including Kooyonga, The Grange, West Lakes and Glenelg Golf Clubs which will be a great experience for these young players.

The Pacific School Games provides opportunities for around 4000 school-aged students to participate in 11 different sports at the highest level. It is the flagship event of School Sport Australia, which provides educational opportunities for Australian and international students through the conducting of games in a range of sports.

Students aged between 10 – 19 years from at least 15 countries, including every Australian State and Territory, will compete from December 3 – 9, 2017. Australian students qualify for the Games through their state or territory school sport unit pathways and international students follow their national school sporting association pathways.

The selection of these Yowani members is an outstanding achievement for the individuals selected and their families as well as the Yowani Country Club Junior programs and pathway.



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Fundraising Activities to Assist these Young Players get to Adelaide

It will cost the families of the players selected approximately $3,500 per player to get to and stay in Adelaide for the duration of the event. Yowani has traditionally been generous in providing assistance to our juniors to play in representative events.  However, with 7 players selected it will stretch our resources this year.  As a result it is planned to run a number of fundraising activities over the next few months to raise additional funds to assist the families of the players selected. Some of these events will include:

  • An in-house raffle – prizes to include golf bag, cap and other prizes to be sourced;
  • Saturday sausage sizzle at club on Monthly Medal days at Yowani;
  • NTP comp in the Pro-Shop on the Sunday’s of the 2017 Club Championships;
  • Contributions from the “Wednesday Doubles” group.


We encourage all Yowani members to patronise these fundraising activities over the next few months. I am sure the players and their families will appreciate any contributions Yowani members can make.

More specific information will be provided as each fund-raising activity is organised.

Ken Norris

Yowani Junior Manager

Yowani Junior Golfer off to Melbourne for the Australian Amateur Championships

Yowani Junior Golfer Thomas O’Rourke will be travelling to Melbourne’s sand belt to play in the National Amateur Championships. The event is held from the 17th – 22nd of January 2017 at Yarra Yarra and Peninsula Kingswood golf clubs. The event attracts many of the nations best amateur golfers with a field of 234 players with handicaps below 1.0.

The Australian Men’s Amateur Championship is contested over 36-holes stroke play qualifying, with the leading 64 players progressing to elimination match play. It is open to players of all ages with an initial field size of 234 players. Its history dates back to 1894 when the (Royal) Melbourne Golf Club began holding an annual event known as the Victorian Golf Cup. This then became known as the amateur championship of Australia. The Australian Amateur championships is the second biggest event of the year on the amateur calendar and is a WAGR (world amateur golf ranking) event.

Thomas, who has a handicap of 0 at the moment is aiming high with the hope of finishing in the top 64 to qualify for the match play. Thomas (17 years old) has come through the Yowani junior programs. He has been practicing hard for his first time playing in the event. This will take his best golf and he is looking for members to get behind him and support him during the event. Yowani Members can follow the link at the bottom of the page to find the leader board and follow his progress.




Yowani Juniors Excel Interstate and at Home

In recent weeks Yowani junior golfers have excelled in various competitions throughout Australia and at home.

Juniors Performance

NSW State Junior Pennant Match

Yowani Blue vs Kiama

Moss Vale 15 November 2015

The Yowani Blue Team was selected by the ACT Monaro District Golf Association to represent the District in the NSW State Junior Pennant Competition.  This decision was based on the stellar performance of the team in the 2015 District Junior Pennant Competition.


Yowani Blue Junior Pennant Team

Matt Clifton, Tom O’Rourke, Fraser Miller, Jay MacDonald, Ed Peek (manager)

Ryan Cannon, Taylah Ellems

The majority of the Team travelled to Moss Vale on the Sunday following – a small advance party who got soaked in heavy mist and light rain during their practice round on the Saturday afternoon.  The course was in top condition and, unlike the day before, the rain held off for the competition.

Kiama got off to a good start and were leading with a comfortable margin after the first four or five holes.  Yowani showed good fighting spirit and players who were three or four down early managed to get themselves back in the game in the early part of the second 9.  However Kiama prevailed and, despite the gallant efforts of our players, went on to win 3 1/2  to 2 1/2.  Kiama won the match on the 16th hole in the last match to be completed.  Results of individual matches:

Yowani   Kiama  
Matt Clifton Defeated Darcy Bond 3 and 2
Tom O’Rourke Squared Jamie Reay
Jay MacDonald Lost to Jake Reay 4 and 3
Fraser Miller Lost to Sarah Johnson 3 and 1
Taylah Ellems Lost to Jett Preston 2 and 1
Ryan Cannon Defeated Ethan Harvey 4 and 3

Junior Pennants Final

The final of the ACT Monaro DGA Junior Pennants was played at Federal Golf Club on Sunday 22 March 2015 between Yowani Blue and the Yowani Gungahlin Lakes Composite Teams. It was good to see a large contingent of supporters for both teams turn up at Federal to follow the matches.

It was a really exciting and nerve wracking battle which went right down to the last putt! All the matches were close and hard fought. One being decided on the 19th hole, two decided on the 18th, one on the 17th and two on the 16th and one on the 15th. The outcome of the match was decided on the 18th hole on the last game of the match by the number 1 players.


Yowani   YGL Composite    
Tom O’Rourke lost to Zach Barton-Brown GL 1 Up
Riley Okines lost to Callum Williams GL 3 & 2
Jay MacDonald lost to Michael Nguyen GL 2 & 1
Fraser Miller Lost to James Hynes GL 3 & 2
Taylah Ellems Defeated Levi Brideson Y 1 up
Ryan Cannon Defeated Mackinley Miller Y 4 & 3
Brett Murray Defeated Silka Solomon Y 19thhole

All the participants played well and should feel proud of their achievements. They are a credit to the Yowani Junior program. We should note here that three of the players and one of the reserves who didn’t play in the final are still in our sub-junior program.

Mackinley Miller and Darcy MacDonald had been rushed from the sub-junior program in to play in the last few pennant rounds to ensure that the teams would have sufficient qualified reserves in hand in case we had problems in the finals.

As it turned out Yowani’s Number 2 Scratch Player was unable to play in the final and players were shuffled around with Mackinley getting to play in the YGL Comp Team and win the final after playing only one game of pennants since obtaining his handicap. GL also provided a replacement for their number 1 player who was also injured.

Congratulations to the Yowani Gungahlin Lakes Composite team – winners of the ACT Monaro Junior Pennants for 2015.