CHAMPION: WE Alexander winner Blake Windred lines up a putt at Waratah on Sunday. Windred has now won the tournament three times. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.BLAKE Windred dreams of a career as a professional golfer.
ACE: Justin Ely celebrates after nailing a hole-in-one on the 14th on Sunday.
If and when that becomes a reality, he will reflect on the WE Alexander Open at Waratah as his launchpad.
The 19-year-old Charlestown amateur won the tournament for the third time on Sunday, posting rounds of 68 and 69 to finish three under par, and three ahead of runner-up Clayton Small (Long Reef).
DRIVING AMBITION: Luke Ferrier won Merewether’s A-grade title.
Charlestown’s Brayden Petersenand Justin Ely (Waratah) –who had a hole-in-one on the par-three 14th–finished two shots further back in equal third.
Windred first won the WE Alexander as a 15-year-old and took it out again last year.
“I look at it as a really good stepping stone,” Windred said. “Obviously I’m looking to move on to professional golf, and I suppose bigger and better things.
“But winning this tournament is definitely going to help me achieve what I want to achieve in the future …I have so much respect for the tournament and the people who have won it, so to get my name on the board for a third time is just awesome.”
Small held a two-shot lead after the first round and gained a shot with 12 holes to play.
“It was nice to make a few putts around the turn and slowly get into the lead, especially in the conditions,” Windred said.
“It was pretty tough, rainy and windy, but it felt good to take advantage of that.”
* ANOTHER promising youngster to win a tournament for the third time was Luke Ferrier, who finished three shots ahead of Scott Telfer in Merewether’s A-grade club championships.
Ferrier, whose family homeoverlooks Merewether’s fifth green, won the title for the first time2014, as a 15-year-old.
He was runner-up a year later and won it again last year.As if he didn’t have enough cause to celebrate, this year’s victory coincided with his 18th birthday.
B grade was won by Kyle Anderson, and C grade by Louis Silberberg.
*JACK Newton Junior Golf is expanding its boundaries next year to welcome in even younger players.
For the first time since it was founded 30 years ago, the JNJG Tour is adding 11-years and under-10s divisions to its calendar of events.
The newcomers will play a shortened course and will have a caddy to help them cope with 18 holes.
* CHARLETOWN’S Jake Higginbottom finished 21st last week in the Indonesian Open, played at Pondok Indah Golf Course, Jakarta.
Higginbottom shot rounds of73, 69, 71, 68, to finish at seven-under, 16 behind winnerPanuphol Pittayarat, of Thailand. He collected $US3045 ($3980) for his efforts.
* ENTRIESclose on Wednesday for the 2017 Newcastle Cup, which will be held at Newcastle Golf Club on Sunday.