CHIP: Isabella Artcheua went down to fellow junior Kate McFarlane in the Burnett Cup during the weekend.
CHIP: Isabella Artcheua went down to fellow junior Kate McFarlane in the Burnett Cup during the weekend. Paul Donaldson BUN050217GOLF4

Juniors give seniors a match in the Burnett Cup

THE defending Burnett Cup ladies champions believe they will face a tough challenge this weekend in the quarter-finals.

On Sunday, Deb Crowley and Margaret Magnussen avoided an early elimination in the first round defeating Kay Tischler and Jessica Williams by two shots.

Now they will face one of the rising stars on the green in Kate McFarlane after she defeated Isabella Artcheua and Wendy Short with her partner Linda Phillips.

Crowley was cautiously optimistic regarding their chances overall.

"We would like to win it again, but our next match will be tough,” she said.

"Older competitors like us never received the same coaching that these juniors did, but we will fight hard as we always do.

"In the end it all comes down to handicap and how you combine with your partner - that's the difference.”

Bundaberg Golf Club captain David Obst echoed Crowley's sentiments and said the juniors were coming.

"From week to week it's impossible to pick who could be favourites, although the juniors are starting to put the seniors to shame with their steady composure and rapidly developing skills,” he said.

Obst said it had been good to see competition not affected by rain like last year.

"This time of year is usually up to chance but the rain stayed away which allowed some tight close finishes in most of the games,” he said.

In the men's third round most of the matches went down to the last few holes where the favourites eventually got through.

The pick of the matches was between defending champions Cameron McFarlane and Neil Weston who had to wait until the last hole to secure victory against Darren Anderson and Wayne Olsen.

The Burnett Cup continues this weekend.



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