BENDIGO golfer Kurtis Lynch surprised himself when he finished sixth in the Victorian Junior Masters last week.
The 16-year-old teed off against more than 160 junior players from across the country and the world.
The event held at the Waverly Golf Club is one of Australia’s leading junior golf tournaments with US Masters champion Adam Scott finishing in the top five in each of the four years he competed.
Lynch got off to a flyer, entering the clubhouse at the end of day one as 1-under par joint leaders with West Australian Curtis Luck.
On day two Lynch continued his good form shooting a 73, leaving him in outright second position.
On the final day of play, Lynch who currently plays off five, scored two rounds of 77 to win the boy’s handicap by 15 strokes and finished sixth overall.
The Bendigo and District Golf Association Junior squad golfer said his goal for the tournament was to just make the cut.
“I was overwhelmed to finish the way I did,” he said.
“I have played in the tournament for the past three years and it is the first time I made the cut.
“I am pretty happy.”
Lynch said the competition put him head to head with a high-quality field.
“It was good to play against players I had never played before especially the international players,” he said.
Other Bendigo golfers who took part in the tournament included Bill Caulfield and Riley Hocking from Belvoir Park, James Brown and Jordan Treacy from Neangar Park and Lloyd Needs from Eaglehawk.
The Bendigo Bank Academy of Sports athlete said he was now eyeing of the Australian Boys Amateur championship.
The 72-hole stroke play competition will be held at the Heritage Golf and Country Club in Melbourne in April.