Junior stars earn professional exemptions – PGA of Australia
Two-time Australian junior amateur champion Jeffrey Guan and 14-year-old Victorian sensation Amelia Harris have secured professional playing opportunities for the coming summer by playing in the adidas Junior 6 Tour World Finals at Kingston Heath Golf Club.
The tour, which was founded by former tour professional and now commentator Ewan Porter, concluded its 2021/22 season with Guan and Harris showing their class in a series of 6-hole match play finals after 54 holes in match play Monday and Tuesday. .
Harris caught the eye of many observers last season with impressive performances at the Sandbelt Invitational and Australian Interstate Teams Matches, as part of the victorious Victorian side, and once again proved she is a star in full rise by beating twice Australian Junior Amateur champion Jeneath Wong in the final.
Thanks to her performance, Harris secured her place on the WPGA Tour of Australasia and the co-sanctioned Ladies European Tour 2023 Australian Women’s Classic Bonville.
Fresh off of his Junior Players Championship win at TPC Sawgrass in Florida earlier this month, Guan earned the chance to mix it up with the pros on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
The 18-year-old also earned stroke play honors by shooting eight under in wet and windy conditions and as a result, he earned byes for the 2022 CKB WA PGA Championship Presented by TX Civil & Logistics, the Gippsland Super 6 2022 and the Play Today NSW Open 2023, as well as the Sandbelt Invitational 2022.
Wong was the women’s champion in stroke play as she also shot eight under and she earned byes for the 2022 Sandbelt Invitational, a Ladies European Tour event and a Ladies European Access Series event next year.
Guan will continue to accumulate loyalty points when he returns to the United States to represent the international team at next week’s Junior Presidents Cup in Quail Hollow, North Carolina.