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Academy golf program in full swing

Two members of the South West Sydney Academy of Sport golf program took part in the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation’s 2021 North v South Cup in the Southern Highlands.

Noah Graham and Zackie Kadir, both from Camden, were selected in the South team.

The South team was made up of athletes representing the South West Sydney, Southern Sports, Illawarra, Western and South East Regional Academies.

South surrendered an early lead to fall three points behind, handing North the Cup for 2021. 

Graham and Kadir negotiated the at-times frosty Highland’s courses, in what was three intense days of competition.

Both were unlucky to drop their singles matches by one point. However, Kadir took a win in his pairing in the Foursome competition.

The pair teamed up in the fourball competition, finishing in a tie with their northern opponents, while at the same time keeping South in the hunt until the final few holes of the event.

The North v South Cup, held on May 28-30, was the culmination of a busy month of on-course activity for the academy golf program.

Rhys Vella in action at the recent ClubsNSW Regional Academy Games, where he placed a credible 7th out of 72 competitors.   Picture by Kevin Bull Photography.

It included a combined training weekend with Western Sydney Academy of Sport and Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation in early April in the lead up to the Academy Games.

The two-day training and education camp was hosted by the SWSAS Academy Golf Program partner, Campbelltown Golf Club.

Following on from the camp, the academy’s golf athletes headed to the Hunter to participate in the Regional Academy Games competition, where all six finished inside the top half of the 72 competing athletes.

Campbelltown’s Ryan Connors finished in 5th, after being one of only five athletes to score an even par at either course throughout the weekend.

Liverpool’s Rhys Vella was only five shots behind and finished in 7th position, to cement the academy team’s overall finish in sixth.

For more details on the South West Sydney Academy of Sport, please visit or phone 4627 7622.

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