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Exciting finish to Murray River Junior Masters

The Murray River Junior Masters finished yesterday at Tocumwal Golf Club with Brett Coletta and Kono Matsumoto taking the crowns.

HANNAH DRISCOLL December 23, 2013 4:05am

Frankston South’s Josh Gardner heads for the green.


Sandhurst’s Brett Coletta and Victoria Golf Club’s Kono Matsumoto took out this year’s Murray River Junior Masters after the final two days at Tocumwal Golf Club at the weekend.

Coletta, 17, finished the full 72-hole tournament, played at the Old Course at Cobram-Barooga on Thursday and Friday and the Captain’s Course at Tocumwal, with 281 gross (289 nett), while Matsumoto, 14, scored 294 (290 nett).

The best round of the final day went to Cranbourne’s David Micheluzzi (+1), who shot a seven-under-par 65.

Matsumoto was one shot off the girls’ leader Soo Bin Park heading into the final round, but closed the tournament with a two-under par 71 to take out the title.

Golf Victoria’s Stuart Appleby junior golf manager and tournament director Ashley Marshall said it was the first time Matsumoto had broken par.

‘‘That was a fantastic result for Kono, I know she was very excited about that,’’ Marshall said.

Park, another 14-year-old from Kingswood who plays off scratch, finished four shots behind with 298 while Tambo Valley’s Johanna Wyllie, the 19-year-old defending champion, came in third overall with 303 (287 nett).

Avondale’s Isaac Noh, 15, who led the pack after the rounds at Cobram-Barooga, finished runner-up with rounds of 72 and 72 giving him a total of 284 (288 nett) and James Bannan, 19, representing Rosanna finished third with 287 (295 nett).

Spring Valley’s Tony Chen, who had a handicap of 13, was the under-14 boys’ nett winner with 282, and Centenary Park’s Sam Murphy with 280 off a handicap of 17 was the under-16 boys’ nett winner.

The best of the under-18 boys was Benalla 16-year-old Willis Knox, a 12 handicapper, with 273 and Long Island’s Callum Beaumont, with a handicap of eight, won the under-21 boys’ nett with 275.

Cobram-Barooga’s Steffanie Vogel, 15, was runner-up from the nett scores with 277.

Marshall said the tournament went well.

‘‘It was a little bit cooler today which helped and there was no wind which made scoring a little bit easier, there was lots of good scores,’’ he said.

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