Whitelock whitens a stunner

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Momo Sugiyama and Conor Whitelock are showing off their loot at Royal Adelaide today. Photo: LEAH TATTERSALL

There are victories, then there is what Conor Whitelock did today at the South Australian Junior Masters.

Whitelock, of Byron Bay, and the young Queenslander Momo Sugiyama were the respective boys and girls champions in Royal Adelaide today, as the traditional four-round event to 54 holes was cut by the high temperatures in the host city

But it was not enough to slow down Whitelock, who completed an extraordinary performance to write an 11-shot victory over Royal Fremantle's Dane Lewis on an otherwise tight leaderboard.

Whitelock, a member at his home club and also Coolangatta-Tweedheads further north on the Gold Coast, scored a final five-under-par 67 to end 12 below.

It is remarkable that in a very rare performance he achieved the lowest score in each of the three rounds, against 49 of the best juniors in Australia. His 67 was best two today, his opening 68 was the best of three and his second round 69 was the best of one in a complete romp.

Whitelock, 17, occasionally called "Mr Casual" because of his quiet behavior, made only five bogeys all week on one of Australia's most famous tournament courses and ended the event in style.

After he started his last lap on the fifth hole, he was one over by nine holes that went through to the 14th tee for birdies on six of his last nine holes, four of which were straight to complete his round.

Lewis started nervously in pursuit with three bogeys and a double in his first eight holes before settling with four late birdies from his own country. But his chase was in vain.

Victorian Daniel Gill, who had a fine ending of 69, was a shared third on an equal footing with Queenslander Tyler Duncan, while home-club favorite William Arnold was the best South-Australian in a threefold share of a fifth on a lead.

The girls' event turned out to be closer, although Sugiyama was never really in danger in the final round, finishing with one in total, eventually defeating fellow Queenslander Lion Higo with two shots.

The regular Royal Pines-member, who started on the 14th hole today, was one for her round before her only real problems resulted in a double-bogey in the long ninth hole en route to a closing one-over 74.

But because he needed several birds, Higo could only find one in her end of the game when her opponent remained steadfast in the final holes.

Amelia Whinney, a member in The Grange nearby and previously a runner-up in the SA Junior Amateur earlier in the week, was again prominent and roared at home with four late birdies to share the third two shots back with another Queenslander, Justice Bosio.

Earlier in the girls theme Emerald Lakes-younger Brianne Edgar had a hole in one at the picturesque seventh hole of the club



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