Young golfers compete for state glory

Four young Illawarra golfers are mixing it with the state's best this week at the 2014 Subaru State Championships.

The four-day event started on July 1 and will be played at Wollongong and The Links Shell Cove golf courses until July 4.

A field of 292 golfers are vying for the NSW Junior Boys and Girls Champion titles.

Wollongong's Ben Aramayo and Shellharbour golfer Jack Kessell are among 76 NSW boys competing against 40 international and interstate players.

Blake Windred (Monash) and Mitchell Gannon (Bonnie Doon) look to be NSW's best hope of beating Matias Sanchez (Victoria), James Macklin (Qld) and Ben Tucker (SA), as well as New Zealander Henry Spring.

Stefanie Hall, from Flinders, and Wollongong's Cass Graham are among 55 NSW girls and 21 international and interstate golfers competing.

Concord junior Shelly Shin is the girls favourite. Jess Lasky (The Australian) is also hopeful, but faces challengers Kono Matsumoto (Vic), Becky Kay (Qld) and Kristalle Blum (SA).

The juniors play rounds at Wollongong and The Links golf courses in the first two days. On Thursday and Friday the top half of each field will play the final two rounds at Wollongong Golf Club and the bottom half will compete in the Plate Championship at The Links.

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