Golf: Branxton teenage rewarded with NSW selection

TRUE BLUE: Corey Lamb will make his debut for the NSW junior team at the Interstate Series to be held at Hartfield Golf Club, Perth in from April 16-19. Picture: David Tease (NSW Golf)COREY Lamb felt a huge sense of relief when told of his selection in the NSW Junior team to contest the Interstate Series –it was a goal he had been working towards for two years.

The Branxton 16-year-old is one of five debutants in the NSW team which will take on the other states at Hartfield Golf Club, Perth, from April 16-19. Charlestown’s Jye Picken is the only remaining player from last year and is captain.

“It was pretty exciting when I got the call,” Lamb said. “I wanted it so bad. To represent NSW is what every young golfer strives to do.”

Lamb earned his spot after a strong start to the season, winning the under-16 divisionat the Harvey Norman Week of golf in Canberra and the n All-Schools individualstroke championships in Adelaide. The results improved his national ranking to 10th.

The Interstate Series follows the n Junior Amateur Championships to be played at Gosnells Golf Club also in Perth.

“We go to Perth for two weeks which will be a good experience,” the St Joseph’s Lochinvar year 11 student said. “My game is in pretty good shape. I just need to work on my wedges.”

Lamb said it was good to team up again with Pickin.

“We are good mates and have been playing together since we were 12,” Lamb said.

Lamb is playingNo.2 for Concord in Division One of the Metropolitan Major Pennants which he said was “good preparation” for Perth.

“We have won our opening two matches and you are always playing under pressure,” Lamb said.

Newcastle’s Josh Robards has been selected in theGolf NSW Development Squad to compete at the nAmateur Championships.

*Captain Luke Ferrier believes a laid-back approach combined with teamdepth has Merewether poised to qualify for their first Newcastle A-Grade pennants final in more than a decade.

Merewether accounted for Charlestown 5-3 on Sunday to remain the only undefeated side after three rounds. They meet second-placed Waratah at Hawks Nest on Sunday before tackling stragglers Pacific Dunes in the final round. The top two sides then meet in the final.

“This Sunday is definitely a big match,” Ferrier said.“But all the guys are pretty laid back and the pressure doesn’t seem to get to us much.If we win or finish square we are in a good position to make the final. Everyone has been playing well from our No.8 to our No.1. Any of the eight could play in any position. We are pretty strong all the way down, which is the first time in a number of years we have been able to say that.”

On Sunday, Ferrier, who plays No.1,beat Matthew Clarke (4 and 2), Matt Lister accounted for Kane Burt (5 and 4) and David Cook edged out Rod Moran (2 and 1) to anchor the win.

“Most of us play on a Saturday together and the team is pretty close,” Ferrier said. “It’s all about the team not individual results. It has been a while since we have made the final in division one. We have been close but always seem to find a way to get beat in one match.”

Defending champions Waratah beat Newcastle 6.5-1.5 to move above Charlestown on games won.In the other match, Toronto were too strong for Pacific Dunes 5.5-2.5.

In Division Two, Belmont, led by Mark Ellison, thrashed Shortland Waters 7.5-0.5 to continue their domination. Muree accounted for Hawks Nest 5-3 and Nelson Bay thumped Tanilba Bay 6-2.

​* Toronto pro Cal O’Reilly will head to New Zealand full of confidence after consecutive top-five finishes.O’Reilly fired a final-round 64 to finish 15 under at the Queensland PGA in Toowoomba on Sunday.

Nick Flanagan was next best of the Hunter contingent,tied for 16th after rounds of 67,68,70,64.O’Reilly and Flanagan will be joined in the New Zealand PGA by James Nitties, Aaron Townsend and amateur Blake Windred.

Nitties, who missed the cut at Toowoomba, believes former US PGA tour player Flanagan is not far off returning to his best

“I was one of the people to convince him to do n Q school,” Nitties said. “He walked through that and is playing really good golf, he has been for a long time.”

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