Teen sensation wins club championship
Rising golfer Corley McLernon has swept all before him, claiming a historic men’s club championship at the Albany Golf Club on Sunday.
McLernon is believed to be the youngest winner yet of the AGC men’s club championship after his superb form earned him the 2019 title by one shot following a tense final round.
The 14-year-old shot a round of 76 on Saturday to storm into contention and held his nerve on the final day with a round of 79 to defeat defending champion Shayne Griskonis.
He scored 301 across the four rounds in the club championship, his efforts of 81, 74, 76 and 79 enough to hold off Griskonis by one shot, while Ryan Western finished third with 314.
Continuing the theme of young players, fellow 14-year-old Tain Piri, another of the club’s talented juniors, won the B-grade club championshipm while Dave Cook won the C-grade championship.
AGC general manager Dan Northcott said McLernon’s achievement was brilliant.
“He is certainly the youngest winner on record that we know of,” Northcott said.
“It certainly rewards the most consistent over four rounds.
“Corley has been a dedicated young kid since seven or eight and just loves golf.
“His ambition is to get on tour, he wants to go the whole way.”
PGA trainee professional Mike Draper has been coaching Corley for more than a year and said the victory was thoroughly deserved.
“I’ve been working with Corley for about a year and a half, coaching and in a bit of a mentor role, you could say,” Draper said.
“It was good to see a young fella hold his nerve in the last couple of holes, especially being in the lead and finishing it off.
“His biggest asset he’s got is his work ethic. He is willing to go the extra mile and get more practice in.
“He plays three or four times a week at least and has a goal to get into the State boys’ team in the next couple of years.”
McLernon was also part of a winning regional pennant team who claimed the division 2 boys’ title, after playing as No.1 on the team in his maiden pennant season.
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