Ryan Stitt finishes third in the Greg Norman Junior Masters
GOLF: Ryan Stitt produced some of the best golf in his fledgling career to finish third in the Greg Norman Junior Masters on the Gold Coast.
The Gladstone junior, who is now based on the Gold Coast, carded a superb 72 to finish just two strokes behind winner Rugthai Thongsom in the 15 years and under boy's class.
"The conditions were really windy, but this was my most successful Australian ranking event,” the 15-year-old said.
The left hander also produced consistent scores on the first three days with 78, 76 and 76 in an event that alternated between the Palmer Colonial and Palmer Gold Coast courses throughout the four days.
Ryan said he had to adjust his game because of the windy conditions.
"If I'm hitting into the wind, then I have to hit low and hard so the ball goes under the wind,” he said.
Ryan moved to the Gold Coast last week. He said the reason was for the move was more opportunities to play Australian ranking point-based tournaments.
"There's more opportunities down there,” Ryan said.
But he is forever thankful where it all started.
"The coaches Dion Hayne and Derran Corke have helped me out a lot as well as all the organisers in Gladstone and Calliope,” Ryan said.
In the meantime, Ryan is setting his sights on the Summer Classics in Mt Coolum on January 6-7 and then in Caboolture on January 9-10.
Fellow Gladstone golfer Blaike Perkins finished off a successful campaign in the 13 years and under boy's division.
Blaike finished 19th out of 39 competitors with scores of 31, 29, 34 and 33 in the stableford format, based on handicap and match index.
Unfortunately Gladstone's Declan Corke and Jamie-Leigh Amos both missed the cut.
Declan finished 33rd also in the 13 years and under boy's division.
Hayden Suhasim wonthat age group's championships with Michael Song (Royal Pines Golf Club) and Teeren Kannan in second and third place respectively.
Jamie-Leigh struggled with a stomach complaint and missed the cut after posting scores of 103, 101 and 108 in the 17 years and under girls category.
Lisa Elgar topped the table with a collective score of 297.
The Surfers Paradise product was just a shot ahead of Toowoomba's Darcy Habgood with Isabelle Taylor (Sanctury Cove) on 306.
The 17 years and under boy's division was won by Josh Armstrong (282) from The Lakes Gold Club.