Down the Fairway: Lamb sets sights on winning Jack Newton Junior Golf ‘major’

IN FORM: Corey Lamb blasts out of the sand at Twin Creeks on the way to leading Concord to victory in the final of the Eric Apperly Shield on Sunday. Picture: David Tease (Golf NSW)
IN FORM: Corey Lamb blasts out of the sand at Twin Creeks on the way to leading Concord to victory in the final of the Eric Apperly Shield on Sunday. Picture: David Tease (Golf NSW)

FRESH from leading Concord to the Eric Apperly Shield, Corey Lamb has started preparations for the Jack Newton International Junior Classic to be held at Cypress Lakes next month.

One on the “majors” on the Jack Newton calendar, the Junior International (October 2-5) begins a packed October for Lamb.

The Branxton 16-year-old and NSW Junior team member reacquainted himself with the wine country layout on Monday.

Lamb finished 19th in the 72-hole championships last year and is aiming for a top 10 finish.

“Over the next couple of weeks I’ll get a good look at the course and make sure I’m prepared,” Lamb said. “I really like the course. The front nine is pretty wide and then you have to straighten your game on the back.”

After the Jack Newton International, Lamb will tee up against adults at the Country Championships in Goulburn (October 6-7) and the Keperra Bowl (October 9-12) in Brisbane.

Lamb nailed a six-foot putt for par at the last to seal the Apperly Shield for Concord in the final against Bonnie Doon at Twin Creeks on Sunday. Playing against Sebastian Twaddle, Lamb won the match on the 18th to give Concord a 4-2 result in the shield for the best under-21 teams in the state.

“I was always confident with the putt. It was straight up the hill,” Lamb said. “I played pretty well and finished two-under for the round, which included a double bogey at the 13.”

Lamb, in the first year of a scholarship, also played for Concord in the Metropolitan Major Pennants competition.

* Jamie Hook spent plenty of time at Port Macquarie as a junior and the Pacific Dunes professional hopes it pays dividends in the $23,000 36-hole pro-am starting Tuesday.

Hook grew up in nearby South West Rocks. He finished fifth last year at Port and has been runner-up previously.

“It’s always good to get back up that way,” he said. “It’s a traditional course, close to the beach and it gets windy. There is a decent field but my game is in good shape. I finished top-10 at the Northern Territory PGA a couple of weeks ago and eighth at the Gunnedah Pro-am.”

Hook is part of a strong Hunter contingent in Port including Leigh McKechnie, Cal O’Reilly, Nathan Green, Clayton Bridges and Graeme Stockley 

ON COURSE: Callan O'Reilly.

ON COURSE: Callan O'Reilly.

* Cal O’Reilly will make a rare venture onto the pro-am circuit for the Newcastle events over the next fortnight but is already looking ahead to the third stage of Q School in Japan in October.

The 27-year-old finished runner-up at the second stage and hopes new-found form with the driver will carry through to the next 72-hole qualifier starting October 30.

“Hopefully, I can keep up what I found last time in Japan,” O’Reilly said. “I changed to a new Titleist driver and did some work on my technique and it’s going great now. I will take pretty relaxed approach into the pro-ams before gearing up for the Victorian PGA and then Japan.”

* Leigh McKechnie will be full of confidence for Port Macquarie after firing a one-under 69 to finish a tied for third at the $11,000 Kew Country Club Pro-am on Sunday.

* Horizon member Ann McClintock carded rounds of 80,79 to finish equal second in the first division at the Women’s Country Meeting played at Richmond and Lynwood courses last week. Clubmate Fran Bessant (79,85) was tied for ninth.

Barbara Randell (Pacific Dunes) was second in division two after rounds of 78, 79. Maitland’s Charmaine Van Der Veen (77,91) was tied for eighth.

* Pacific Dunes is conducting a Golf for Seniors program starting on September 30. The six-week introductory program is for people aged 55 and over costs $99 which includes six one-hour lessons.

“It’s the fifth time we have held the promotion here at Pacific Dunes and it has been popular,” club professional Jamie Hook said.

“Most of the people have been new to golf or used to play in their 20s before work and family became a priority.”

Register on-line at www.golfnsw.org/seniors.