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Byron Bay’s Connor Whitelock (right) and women’s champion, Queenslander Momo Sugiyama, with their trophies. Photo supplied

Ross Kendall, sports editor

Byron Bay Golf Club‘s Conor Whitelock won the South Australian Junior Masters golf tournament convincingly last weekend.

Conor completed an extraordinary feat to record an 11-shot victory over Royal Fremantle’s Zane Lewis on an otherwise tight leaderboard, Golf Australia reported.

Conor finished the three-round event with a strong five-under-par 67 to finish 12 under.

In a very rare feat, he signed for the lowest score in each of the three rounds, against 49 of Australia’s top juniors. His 67 was best by two on the final round, his opening 68 was best by three and his second-round 69 was best by one in a complete romp, Golf Australia said.

‘It is an outstanding result. Conor created history with his string of low scores,’ Byron Bay Golf Club professional Greg Stewart said.

‘It was a nice reward for Conor who puts a lot of work into his game and himself’.

Conor has only just turned 17 so he has the best part of a year to continue his winning ways on the junior circuit.

By the end of this week he is expected in Sydney to have a go at the NSW junior titles.

‘If he wants to go into golf as a career then this is all part of the learning experience. As will be going into the next tournament with big expectations,’ Greg said.

Conor joined the Byron club when he started playing golf five years ago.

It is way too early to say whether Conor can go on to be a professional golfer but he is certainly heading in the right direction.

‘Every tournament adds to his skills and mental capability,’ Greg said.

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