Jack Newton Junior Golf Day at Nambucca Heads | photos

GEN Next busted out of pandemic lockdown at The Island Golf Course at Nambucca Heads this morning at one of a series of rounds across NSW run to celebrate junior players.

And despite the lean frames of youth, many were able to put a world of hurt on the ball, as drives sizzled from the tees.

The Jack Newton Junior Golf day saw a good field, with players aged from five to 17. As well as local golfers, juniors travelled from Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Sydney and west of the Divide.

One of the event's corordinators, Jack Steed, said the comp had been christened "out of isolation day" - as junior tournaments had largely been sidelined by the coronavirus meltdown.

"So today is just about getting back out there and having fun. There's some lower markers in the field but there's also six or so basic beginners," Jack said.

While the sharper shooters tackled the full 18, there were condensed offerings of five or nine holes for the younger and less experienced.

The Jack Newton Junior Golf days - 16 in all across NSW, have seen well north of 600 participants. The circuit was in Ballina yesterday, while an event was planned to coincide with Nambucca today on the South Coast only to be derailed by rain.

Some of the rules were tweaked too for the shorter formats at The Island - with a club-length preferred lie and a maximum score of a double bogey for the greenhorns tackling a two-person ambrose.

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