Norman Takes State Junior Golf Title

Queensland Junior Championship
Venue:Royal Queensland Golf Club
Where:Queensland, Australia
Date:December 17, 1972

Norman returned a 1-under 73 yesterday morning and a par 74 in the afternoon for his 147 total. Two New South Wales juniors, Gary Eannister and Gary Toser, shared second place at 152.

The six-foot, 17-year-old Norman last night said he first picked up a golf club two years ago following persuasion from his mother, Toini, who plays off a handicap of eight at Virginia Golf Club.

Toini won the Cannon Cup earlier this year, but said last night she was much more excited about her son's victory than she was at her own triumph.

Norman won this year's Virginia Club Championship, but he said yesterday's win was his first in a major junior championship. He was also runner-up in the Courier-Mail Trophy at the State Schoolboy Championship last Friday.

His first 18 holes yesterday included four birdies and three bogeys. The second 18 produced another four birdies, but also a double bogey and two bogeys to return a par-74 for the round.

Norman has no immediate ambitions of turning professional. He just completed his Senior at Aspley State High School and hopes to win a scholarship and become a physical education teacher.

He came to Brisbane from Townsville with his parents in 1969. He had not played golf before that.

Norman is in the State Training Squad and should play a vital role for Queensland in the Australian Junior Team Championship in Adelaide around Easter time.

Chris Witcher disappointed in yesterday's final, finishing in seventh place with a 158. Witcher and Norman played a major part in the Queensland's teams victory over New South Wales last week.

Peter Maclean, who returned 159 (79-80) yesterday, qualified for the Australian Schoolboys Under 16 Championship to be held in Melbourne early next year.

Greg Norman Estates