Greg Norman Golf Foundation Inc

Greg Norman Golf Foundation Inc
Greg Norman Golf Foundation Inc
Sports-BOWEN HILLS, QLD
Sports-Bowen Hills, QLD
Now in its 22nd year the Greg Norman Junior Masters is by invitation only and all players who are not selected as District Representatives, e.g. (State/Interstate and Overseas representative..
Cnr Walden Lane & Wren St, Bowen Hills, Qld, 4006.
Cnr Walden Lane & Wren St, Bowen Hills, Qld, 4006.
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Now in its 22nd year the Greg Norman Junior Masters is by invitation only and all players who are not selected as District Representatives, e.g. (State/Interstate and Overseas representatives) must qualify through either an Open or Closed qualifying event conducted by various Clubs and District Associations throughout Queensland. The inaugural event was held at Sanctuary Cove Resort on the Palms Course on the 9th – 10th December 1991. This first year was a 54 hole championship with 200 competitors, special guests were Greg Norman and Ian Baker-Finch. The 2nd year of the Masters was held at Royal Queensland Golf Club and for the following 19 years it has been held at Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club. In 2012 a new format will take the Masters to another level, playing the 4 rounds over 3 of the top Golf Courses in Queensland – The Colonial Golf Course, Robina Woods Golf Course and Palmer Coolum Resort.
Now in its 22nd year the Greg Norman Junior Masters is by invitation only and all players who are not selected as District Representatives, e.g. (State/Interstate and Overseas representatives) must qualify through either an Open or Closed qualifying event conducted by various Clubs and District Associations throughout Queensland.

The inaugural event was held at Sanctuary Cove Resort on the Palms Course on the 9th – 10th December 1991. This first year was a 54 hole championship with 200 competitors, special guests were Greg Norman and Ian Baker-Finch. The 2nd year of the Masters was held at Royal Queensland Golf Club and for the following 19 years it has been held at Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club. In 2012 a new format will take the Masters to another level, playing the 4 rounds over 3 of the top Golf Courses in Queensland – The Colonial Golf Course, Robina Woods Golf Course and Palmer Coolum Resort.

Age Divisions were Under 21, Under 18, Under 16, Under 14 and Under 12, International Countries represented were: Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan and Fiji with all State of Australia excluding WA in attendance.

1992 – Royal Queensland Golf Club was the venue for the second year of the Masters, played over two days 21st – 22nd December. International Countries represented were: Sweden, New Zealand and Japan with Western Australia and the Northern Territory adding to the Interstate representatives. By this time the Foundation now had a Patron, Her Excellency Mrs Leneen Ford.

1993 – 2003 – The Foundation were keen to find a permanent home for the Masters and after talks with Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club both parties felt a good relationship could be forged for future Masters Championships. So for the next 19 years Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club has been the home of the Greg Norman Junior Masters.

Changes during these years were the age groups. In 1993 the 21 and under section was deleted to conform to International classification of Junior Golfers. Age Groups were Under 18, Under 16, Under 14 and Under 12. Also in 1993 for the first time a 10 and under section was introduced.

In 1998 more changes were made to the age categories for the Masters these were: 17 Years, 16 Years, 15 Years, 14 Years, 13 Years and 12 Years. In 2000 the Sub Junior Section was deleted and age groups of 17 & Under, 15 & Under and 13 & Under were brought in, these age groups remain in place today.

When Merv Norman the first President of the Foundation compiled his welcome message back in 1991 he state he expected this Championship to become a premier event in Junior Golfing competition. What an understatement, The Greg Norman Junior Masters is not only recognised as one of the major Junior Golfing Championships in Australia but has also gained International recognition.

Many changes have occurred to the Master Committee over the past 21 years, but hardworking committee member Tony Rollins (GNGF), Director Charlie Earp and CEO Rae Clarke are still at the helm keeping things running smoothly.

It is also interesting to note that a number of Master Competitors have now turned professional, to list a few: Karrie Webb, Loraine Lambert, Tammy Durdin, Tamara Johns, Adele Bannerman, Cherie Burns, Rebecca Stevenson, Nicki Campbell, Katherine Hull, Renee Fowler, Natalie Parkinson, Virginia Irwin, Gloria Park, Jennifer Rosales, Nicole Lowein, Jane Bell, Stacey Doggett, Therese Hjertstedt, Kate MacIntosh, Virada Nirapathpongpron, Amy Yang and Haeji Kang.

Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Brad Kennedy, Craig Spence, Marcus Cain, David Gleeson, Brett Runford, Luke Arnott, Chris Downs, Andrew Buckle, Jon Riley, Steven Bowditch, Eddie Lee, Adam Crawford, Travis Johns and Jason Day.

Many of our members have played in the Master from approximately 11-12 years of age until they turned 18. It is always sad to see them leave the junior ranks.

Many of these amateurs have gone onto National and International victories both as amateur and professional players and by the scores now being returned many more will achieve similar success.

This Masters is not only a major Junior Championship it also gives the competitors the opportunity to form friendships, some lasting many years, develop their golfing and etiquette skills and have a great time competing against others of similar ages. The Parents also enjoy the holiday atmosphere created by the location and many book into the same accommodation year after year giving them the opportunity to trade stories and enjoy each other’s company.
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