Champ sets new goals
CHRIS Hynes improved eight shots in the past three months to win the Warwick Golf Club junior championship on Sunday.
The event is held over 36 holes on two successive Sundays.
Hynes hit 81 and 83 to win by five strokes from Ben O'Dea, who scored 169.
Sam McLennan was third on a two-round score of 173.
In the girls event, current Queensland country champion Sam Foley, from Inglewood, continued her outstanding form to hit 74 and 75 in the two rounds to beat runner-up Lauren Drewery.
Hynes went into the championships with a handicap of 12, compared to 25 at the same time last year.
He was three up on O'Dea after round one and increased his lead to five on Sunday.
"I am aiming to drop another six shots (handicap) in the next year," Hynes said.
The 15-year-old has another three years in juniors and more opportunities to build on his one championship success at 18 holes junior level.
"I want to improve my driving. At present my putting is better than my driving," he said.
Foley, 13, won last year's championship with scores of 78 and 77, so was six shots better this year.
In the past year, she has reduced her handicap from eight to one, an outstanding effort by the girl who beat many of the best in the nation to win a longest drive competition for her age.
The Foley family will move from Inglewood to the Gold Coast this weekend, where she will attend Emmanuel College next year.
The junior championships were her last competition before her move but she is planning to remain a member of the Warwick Golf Club and return for next year's Darling Downs Junior Classic and the Downs and South West Women's Championship, which will be played in Warwick next year.
Foley's philosophy for golf is simple.
"Keep it on the fairway," she said.
"Sometimes you have to choose between a risky shot and to play safe."
In the nine-hole Warwick junior championship, Tim Duggan won from runner-up Matt Bell. Julia Murphy was the girls six-hole winner from Eliza McLennan.
Cameron Watt won the boys event. In the beginners section over four holes, Chris Watson won from Henry Reardon.