Higginbottom near the top…again

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Jake Higginbottom may not be a household name in American junior golf circles, but Australia has gotten to know the 17-year-old well over the last month. Prior to traveling to Arizona for the Thunderbird International Junior, Higginbottom has notched three consecutive victories since May 6.

The month started with a 2-and-1 victory in the 36-hole final at the Queensland Amateur. The following week, he posted a 15-under-par 273 and won by a shot at the Keperra Bowl. The trifecta was completed on May 20 when a 10-under-par 274 performance put him atop the leaderboard at the Handa Junior Masters.

After a second-round 67 at the Thunderbird International Junior, he’s once again in the final pairing and only one shot behind leader Billy Kennerly.

“(My expectations) are still the same. Hopefully I can play well and I expect to keep playing better. I’m playing well at the moment so that’s good,” a humble Higginbottom said.

Five days after winning the Handa Junior Masters, Higginbottom traveled 7,800 miles to Scottsdale to compete at Grayhawk Golf Club – a desert course in harsh weather conditions that isn’t the norm in Australia.

“Out here you just have to hit your iron shots into the green a little bit higher to make them land a bit softer,” he said. “I know I can go low out here now and it’s great to have a bit of confidence going into the last round.”

In 12 years, an international boy has never been crowned champion at the Thunderbird International Junior. With one more tournament-clinching round, Higginbottom can extend his winning streak to four while also ending a 12-year drought for international boys at Grayhawk Golf Club.

By Chris Richards, AJGA Communications

8 thoughts on “Higginbottom near the top…again

    Julie Fenwick said:
    May 30, 2011 at 12:16 am

    That’s my boy!! Good luck Jake yu know your family is keeping a close watch on the scores.
    Play well & enjoy.
    Love & best wishes
    Mum & Dad


    Lorna Winch said:
    May 30, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Keep it up, Jake. All the Queensland and South Australian families are keeping their eyes on the computer.
    Good luck for your next round.
    All the aunties, uncles and cousins
    here at home.


    Michelle Powell said:
    May 30, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Best of luck Jake – thinking of you!


    Barbara Tester said:
    May 30, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Good Luck for tomorrow Jake. There’s a lot of computer-watching and hot telephone lines between Brisbane and Maitland!
    Enjoy your round; and the friendships formed!
    Love and a big hug (Jonnie would be so proud!)
    Auntie Barb, and cousins here and in California xxx


    Ruth Higginbottom said:
    May 30, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Well done Jake . We are so proud of you Of course I’ve done my usual Nanna thing and phoned everone You had a mention on the TV and in the Herald again this morning Lots of love Nanna Ruth, Warner and Bronson


    Barbara Tester said:
    May 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Great job Jake! We are just SO proud of you!
    Lots of love and an extra big hug!
    Auntie Barb, Philippa, Eden, Oscar, Ruby Adrian, Shannon, Claire and Christian
    x x x


    Kathy Wells said:
    June 1, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Superb job Jake. The closest in the 12yr history – well done !!!!
    Cousin Kath XX


    Phyl Dickenson said:
    June 6, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Well done, Jake. It is just the beginning of bigger and better.
    You have a very enthusiastic foloowing at South West ROCKS. Love from Aunty Phyl


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