Kialla's Kyle Michel was delighted with his 11th-placed finish at the School Sport Australia Golf Championships while representing Victoria.By Hannah Driscoll
Kialla’s Kyle Michel is happy with what he was able to achieve at the School Sport Australia Golf Championships last week.
The 17-year-old Notre Dame student represented Victoria in the 19-and-under event on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Michel finished 11th in the boys’ individual scratch results (he was equal seventh in the nett results) and the Victorian team came third in stroke and match play.
The championships were played on four courses along the Bellarine Peninsula, but Michel had not previously played on any of them.
‘‘I was pretty happy with where I finished, 11th in the stroke play, looking back at it,’’ Michel said.
‘‘Coming 11th in the Australian Championship is actually a good result.’’
The individual competition, stroke play across 36 holes, was played Monday week ago at Thirteenth Beach Golf Club and Michel said it was the toughest of the four courses.
He said the proximity and set-up near the beach meant it was windy.
Michel, who has a handicap of one, scored 76 in the first round and 80 in the second round.
Victoria played two rounds of match play against Queensland and ACT at Curlewis Golf Club on the Tuesday, Victoria halving against Queensland and defeating ACT 5 to .
Michel lost his first match 4 and 3, but won the second 2 and 1.
On day three last Thursday at Lonsdale Golf Club, Victoria lost to South Australia 3 to 2 (Michel was beaten 2 and 1), but reversed that result when it met Western Australia (Michel won 4 and 2).
The final round of match play was at Barwon Heads Golf Club against NSW, with Michel winning his match 4 and 3, but the team losing overall 5-1.
‘‘It was an exciting experience to represent the state and getting to know all my teammates and everyone else from other states was really enjoyable,’’ Michel said.
He next plans on competing in the Victorian Junior Championship later this month at Northern and Yarra Yarra golf clubs.
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