JUNIOR GOLF: Kate Law on the eighteenth hole at the Bargara Golf Club Junior Classic. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
JUNIOR GOLF: Kate Law on the eighteenth hole at the Bargara Golf Club Junior Classic. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Law and Klein claim victory at Bargara

FOR a regular golfer the thought of having to keep score in their head for 18 holes could distract them from the difficult task of keeping the ball in play.

But the girls winner of the 2015 Bargara Junior Classic, Kate Law, is no regular golfer.

Just weeks before the Maryborough-based player leaves Australia on an athletic scholarship, Law carved her way around the beautiful coastal course to claim victory at the tournament.

When Law's final putt rattled to a halt in the 18th hole she admitted to feeling a mixture of relief and satisfaction after winning her maiden Bargara Junior Classic.

"I kind of knew how I was going - I keep score in my head," Law said.

"With three holes to go I knew I was four shots in front so I just had to make pars.

"When I won I could finally let out a breath and smile."

Law cruised home in the most difficult conditions of the tournament to win with 75 for the final round, and a total of 224 for the three days, and the 18-year-old has planned a month of rest before she embarks on the biggest challenge of her golfing career.

Law will be studying a business degree on an athletic scholarship at East Carolina University (ECU) and she cannot wait for the challenge.

Between fitness training, classes and practice on the course, Law will be kept busy as she makes her way into the ECU Pirates golf team.

A regular week will consist of early-morning sessions in the gym, before the morning in the classroom gives way to the afternoon on the practice green or driving range.

Despite the coming months being the most hectic in Law's life she said she couldn't wait for her time in the US to start.

The boys winner, Doug Klein, didn't have international travel and study on his mind as he closed out the win.

The Redcliffe junior was thinking of winning his third-straight Bargara Junior Classic title.

And he did it style.

Klein shot a two-under 70 for the final round to post 207 for the tournament and he said this week's victory might have been the sweetest because of the quality field that assembled for the tournament.

Leading by two shots over Jed Morgan before the final round got under way Klein was intent on getting out and back with as few problems as possible and in windy conditions played some great golf.

Klein will be turning 18 soon and his time at the Bargara Junior Classic has come to an end and the win was a great way to say goodbye to a tournament that gave him plenty of joy, and anguish, over the years as a developing golfer.

This year marks the end of the Junior Classic's 27-year run with Golf Queensland announcing Bargara will host next year's junior titles.

The Queensland Boys' and Girls' Amateur Championship will move to Bargara Golf Club and will be held from June 28-July 1.

Luke Bates, Golf Queensland's Manager of Golf Operations, said because of the great work the club did, led by Val Bazley, this move would help the sport develop.

"Golf Queensland and Bargara Golf Club see this as positive step to growing junior golf in the state," Bates said

"The Junior Classic has been a prominent event over the past 27 years for junior golfers and Golf Queensland looks forward to continuing this legacy with Bargara Golf Club."

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