Wild conditions challenge juniors at Cottesloe

5th Jul 2021

The 2021 Cobra Puma Junior Championship commenced today in challenging wild, wet conditions. It would have been nice to see the warm smiles of all the keen juniors, but masked up and social distanced the tournament had quite a different vibe to previous years.

Thank you to all participants today for your patience and respect of the rules enabling the competition to proceed. These restrictions combined with the wild weather was a tough start for some of the young competitors, but their resilience shone through with some outstanding golf and a strong field going proceeding into tomorrow’s final round.

Joondalup’s Aldrich Potgieter sits at the top of the leaderboard narrowly ahead of Gosnells’ Josiah Gilbert by one stroke. Both boys have been in exceptional form of late and were tipped to be at the top end of the leaderboard this week.

Aldrich shared, “I have to say driving straight today in these conditions was really great, and I managed to keep myself in play … most of the time. Tomorrow I would probably try to hit a little more aggressively at the green and read the wind better to give myself more of an opportunity.”

Gosnell’s Jorja Hinson-Tolchard had a tremendous round of 77 to lead the girls competition by one over Royal Perth’s Mai Julius. Post her round today Jorja shared, “I just played the course just one shot at a time, and stuck to my routine. I knew it was going to be a challenging day. I played at the IGSSA Championship at Cottesloe a few weeks ago and had a good score, so that gave me confidence going into my round today. Tomorrow I will try and keep my mistakes to a minimum as the weather looks like it could be even worse! I am starting to feel I am seeing some results in my ball striking and distance after working with my coach Ritchie Smith.”

Our thanks to Cottesloe Golf Club for hosting this years 2021 Cobra Puma Junior Championships.

Tomorrow’s draw and leaderboard can be found on the link below. Best of luck to all competitors tomorrow.