Congratulations to Hannah Wong, Branden Ong and Jeneath Wong who all represented our College exceptionally well at the 2022 ‘SSV’ Victorian State Golf Titles and showed us all just how this great game should be played!
Hannah and Branden competed in the ‘SSV’ Victorian State ‘Junior’ Golf Championships, which were contested on Friday the 3rd of June, 2022 at Gardiners Run Golf Course in the Yarra Valley. They both played some incredible golf, alongside and against 60 fellow elite junior golfers from right across Victoria, in blustery conditions on the challenging course. Hannah’s driver was dialled in nicely all day, hitting the ball consistently long and strong down the middle of the meandering fairways. Her short game was on song too with well positioned wedges, some marvellous recoveries from monstrous bunkers and putts that were perfectly paced and often placed directly into the abyss at the bottom of the flagstick. Branden’s strength off the tee was evident for all to see, as were his course management skills as he guided his ball towards the pin at each hole with some stylish stroke play. His ability to read the lay of the land up on some tricky greens was also put to the test, with some wonderful putts rolling in from the milled face of his trusty mallet. Hannah finished the tournament with an impressive round of 83, placing her 5th overall in the ‘SSV’ Victorian State Junior Girls Golf Championship, an amazing achievement! Branden signed off his scorecard at 78, securing a fantastic 14th placing in the ‘SSV’ Victorian State Junior Boys Golf Championship with a powerful performance! I know that both Hannah and Branden will take a lot away from this experience and come back even better next year as they move up into the Senior ranks of ‘SSV’ Golf.
Jeneath then represented GWSC in the ‘SSV’ Victorian State ‘Senior’ Golf Championships, which were contested on Monday the 6th of June, 2022 at the prestigious Yarra Yarra Golf Club, the home of one of the world’s finest sandbelt courses. It was both a brisk and early start, with competitors arriving at 6:45am to try their best to warm-up in the constant drizzle of rain and twilight as the first rays of the sun stretched out across the practice range. After the commencement of tournament play, gusts of wind from all points of the compass started to swirl across the fairways and decided to stay for the entirety of the competition, making an incredibly difficult course just a little more challenging to navigate for 73 of the state’s finest amateur golfers. The Yarra Yarra greenkeepers decided to also up the ante, placing pins in some precarious positions on the lightning fast but perfectly prepared greens, which at times appeared unplayable due to their unbelievable undulations. Jeneath was up to the task though, as she has made a name for herself in golfing circles by playing calmly and consistently on a collection of courses in challenging conditions.
From each tee, Jeneath drove her ball straight and true with a pure swing that had many in the gallery admiring her tempo and technique. Her signature ‘double-gloved’ hands were likened to those of an artist, as she crafted glorious strokes every time she gripped one of her clubs encouraging her ball to both draw and fade at will in the windy conditions. Although birdies were hard to come by, Jeneath was able to expertly read the rise and fall of the complicated green complexes then sink a number of very difficult putts throughout her stellar round. Jeneath finished the tournament with a total of 76, taking out her second consecutive ‘SSV’ Victorian State Senior Girls Golf Title by a margin of 3 strokes. Her victory was secured with consistent stroke play, well-considered course management, in addition to her mental fortitude and ability to execute clutch shots under immense pressure. Jeneath has achieved both an incredible and rare feat in winning back-to-back ‘SSV’ State Senior Girls Golf Championships, something that our College community should be very proud of and celebrate with this future star of world golf. Following the tournament, it was also announced that Jeneath had been selected to represent Victoria as part of the Under 18 ‘Team Vic’ State Representative Golf Team, who will be competing in the School Sport Australia Golf Championships to be played in August this year. Kudos to you Jeneath on being selected in this state representative team, we wish you all the best at the national championships!
The standard of play at both the ‘SSV’ Junior and Senior State Golf Championships was at an exceptionally high level, with representatives from ‘School Sport Victoria’ and ‘Golf Australia’ commenting on how impressed they were by the skills, respect, temperament and etiquette displayed by all three of our Glenny golfers. It was an amazing experience to walk the course alongside Hannah, Branden and Jeneath, witnessing first-hand how effortless they make such a difficult sport appear to be. I was also very impressed by the way in which they all represented themselves, their families and our College so very well during their ‘SSV’ State golf tournaments, we are all very fortunate to learn and work alongside such talented, determined and humble students.
Our College community looks forward to following the future journeys of Hannah, Branden and Jeneath who all have the golfing world at their feet!
Mr Mark Robinson.