George Giblett in action during The Invincibles Sunshine Coast Junior Golf Tour's 2018 Matchplay Championships.
George Giblett in action during The Invincibles Sunshine Coast Junior Golf Tour's 2018 Matchplay Championships.

Coast junior flies flag for Qld in national golf comp

Wools-Cobb sensational in pre-tournament warm up

Sunshine Coast star Shae Wools-Cobb, looking forward to playing a more regular schedule of tournament golf this year, showed sparkling form on Sunday when he scorched around the Maroochy River course in just 63 strokes.

Wools-Cobb, playing in a club stableford competition, birdied the 1st, 5th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 17th and 18th holes in a near faultless display of golf. He had no bogeys.

Playing off a handicap of plus six, Wools-Cobb’s score equated to 39 points – good enough only for third place in the competition.

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Golfers played off the generous white tees, and conditions were comparatively benign, but it is doubtful there has been a better round of golf played at Maroochy River since it opened more than five years ago.

Wools-Cobb will be hoping to take his good form to Victoria this month when he competes in the Gippsland Super 6 tournament at Yallourn from January 21 – the year’s first event on the Australasian PGA Tour.

It is played under an unusual format. The field of 132 will play three rounds of stroke play, before the leading 24 compete in six-hole knockout match play challenges to determine a champion on the fourth and final day.

Giblett carries flag for Queensland

Noosa’s George Giblett is one of only a handful of Queenslanders competing in the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship at Melbourne’s Victoria Golf Club this week.

The 72-hole stroke play event – one of the most significant amateur tournaments in the country – has been won in the past by international stars Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Tommy Fleetwood and Bryson DeChambeau.

Giblett, who has been in great form in recent club events at Noosa and Cooroy, has been joined in the field by outstanding Queensland juniors Harry Takis and Justice Bosio, Sunshine Coast district champion Zach Maxwell, and Victoria’s Lukas Michel, who played in November’s US Masters.

The tournament concludes on Friday.

Zach Maxwell, 16, shot a 9 under at the The Greg Norman Junior Masters at Palmer Gold Coast. Picture: Mike Batterham
Zach Maxwell, 16, shot a 9 under at the The Greg Norman Junior Masters at Palmer Gold Coast. Picture: Mike Batterham

Big win for Marley

Marley Habermann, one of a group of promising young juniors under the care of teaching pros Marcus McPherson and Di Pavich at Maroochy River, scored an outstanding 44 points to win the club’s Sunday stableford competition this week.

Marley, playing off a handicap of 15, had 11 pars in her round of 79, and nothing worse than a bogey.

Proud mum Emma said Marley was working hard on her game, and was showing great dedication. “She’s learning how hard she has to work,” Mrs Habermann said.

Marley, a student at Good Shepherd College in Noosa, has been playing golf for six years, and has been a Maroochy River member for the past three years.

Pro golf resumes in Hawaii

The big three of Australian golf – Adam Scott, Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman – will line up in this week’s Tournament of Champions at Plantation Cove, Kapalua.

The Hawaii tournament is the first of the New Year on the PGA Tour, and traditionally is restricted to winners of PGA Tour events in the previous 12 months.

With COVID-19 disrupting the tour schedule in 2020, event organisers have this year also invited golfers in the Top 30 in Fedex Cup standings following last year’s Tour Championship.

But the Aussie contingent, including Scott and Smith, who both have close Sunshine Coast ties, won their way into the elite field by winning tournaments early last year, before the Tour was shut down as the pandemic took a grip on the US.

Juniors back in action

Sunshine Coast juniors will kick start their 2021 campaign in the 2-day Summer Classic at Mt Coolum next Monday and Tuesday. The event, which is part of the Invincibles Sunshine Coast Junior Tour, is a qualifier for the Greg Norman Junior Classic at the end of the year, as well as for a range of Invincibles events.

Headland golfers take Cooroy spoils

A group of Headland golfers, led by brothers Mark and Paul Henricks, took on the members of Cooroy on Saturday and came home with most of the prizes.

Paul Henricks won the A grade Monthly Medal with a nett 70 – one stroke clear of his Headland mate Chris Pace.

“I was the first to congratulate Chris on his excellent effort,” said Henricks.

Eight Headland members are playing eight Sunshine Coast courses in a private ‘tour’ at a time when Headland’s focus is on social, rather than competition, play.

Despite Henricks’ win at Cooroy, he still trails teammate Jason Biel in their standings, with four courses played, and four to go.

Dean dusts off clubs

Former Horton Park golfer Michael Dean, the winner of the Town of Nambour Open in 2012, will make a rare professional appearance in Friday’s Settler’s Run Pro-Am in outer Melbourne.

New Zealand-born Dean, who turned pro five years ago, has been concentrating on teaching in recent years, and plays competitive golf only occasionally.

Glenn Joyner, the Sunshine Coast-based veteran, will also play in the event – the first on the pro-am schedule for the year.

Surf club’s big day

It’s Maroochydore Surf Club’s major fundraiser, and one of the most popular social golf events of the year. The annual Surf Girl Golf Day will be played on Friday at Maroochy River and, as usual, the field is strong and the enthusiasm high.

It’s a four-person Ambrose, with a 12 noon shotgun start. Check with Maroochy Surf Club on 5443 1323 to see if there are spots available on the time sheet.


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