KELSEY Bennett, 15, of Mollymook Golf Club competed at the Harvey Norman week of golf tournament on the Northern Beaches from January 4-8.
Unfortunately the rain that fell that week reduced the event to two days.
Bennett acquitted herself well, taking out nett winner in her age group (15 years) plus overall nett winner for the tournament.
Following that success, on January 14 and 15, she was the overall nett winner at the Golf Illawarra Collegians Junior Masters and runner-up in the Illawarra District Junior Championship.
Bennett joined the Mollymook Golf Club as a cadet at eight years of age, and she has been achieving well over the years.
She has been playing as a member of Jack Newton Junior Golf (JNJG) since 2012 and recently claimed the Gerringong Junior Girls Open Championship, closely followed by becoming the Kiama Junior Girls Club Champion.
Bennett was also nett winner at the Aron Price Junior Open tournament at Kareela in Sydney.
Having previously graduated from the “Individual Athlete Program” year 2014/2015, Kelsey has been accepted into the “Illawarra Academy of Sport” IAS Golf Program for year 2015/2016.
She has held the Mollymook Women’s Foursomes Championship along with partner Karen Bashford for the last two years and also holds the Mollymook Women’s Open Foursomes title along with partner Veronica Johnston.
The accolades continued as she was awarded Mollymook Lady Captain’s Trophy in 2014 for performance, handicap reduction and sportsmanship in the game of golf.
Bennett represents the Mollymook Pennants team and has represented The Far South Coast District Golf Association Junior Pennant Team.
She also travels extensively to the JNJG tournaments throughout the year and shall continue to fit as many tournaments in as she can around her schooling at St John’s in Nowra. Having recently played a series of rounds in the mid 70s with her new clubs,
Bennett now holds an AGU handicap of (6.1), which she has lowered by more than 10 strokes since January 2015.
“I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Beryl Keirnan and Debby Jackson along with Karen Bashford from South Coast Business & Financial Solutions Pty Ltd for their generous support.” Bennett said.
“This has enabled me to take ownership of a complete fitted set of Ping clubs to further my golfing career.
“Special thanks also to my coach Shaun O’Toole for organising the club fit and delivery.”
Bennett also acknowledged the help received from the Mollymook Women’s Committee and the Women’s Far South Coast and Tablelands District Association for assisting with travel expenses.
Article credit: Milton Ulladulla Times
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