North Beat South In Golf Challenge

Jack Newton Junior Golf (JNJG), in partnership with the Regional Academies of Sport, were able to secure funding from the Office of Sport as a part of the Pathways Initiative Program to assist with the cost of delivering a joint pathways pilot project to be known as the North vs South Cup.

This tournament is based on a competition framework similar to the prestigious President’s Cup competition played twice a year between the USA and an International Team.

The North vs South Cup was held over the weekend of 25-27 May 2018 at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort, Cattai.

Two golfers from each Regional Academy (plus two wild cards) made up one North Team and one South Team. The North Team was comprised of the Hunter Academy of Sport, Central Coast Academy of Sport, North Coast Academy of Sport, Northern Inland Academy of Sport and the Western Sydney Academy of Sport. The South Team was made up of athletes from the Illawarra Academy of Sport, South East Sports Academy, Southern Sports Academy, Western Region Academy of Sport and South West Sydney Academy of Sport.

Athletes were selected from a three-tiered collection of athlete data with criteria consisting of the Academy Head Coach Eye Assessment, 18 hole scratch score and skill testing results.

The initiative provided a high-quality team competition and an overall higher-level tournament opportunity for identified regional athletes to further enhance their competition experience.

The teams were coached by JNJG and PGA Professionals Mark Ingrey (North Team) and Luke Grinham (South Team). The North Team ran out winners defeating the South Team 12.5-11.5.

The score was bound at 11.5 for both teams with the final match going down to the 18th hole. Bailey Milford from the Northern Inland Academy of Sport did enough to defeat the southern opponent and the North Team were crowned the inaugural champions.

Well done to Matt Hanckel and Lyle Keith who represented Western Sydney in the North Team!

Final results can be found at


Posted: 28 May 2018