Young Fraser sees off older competitors to claim Port Fairy Golf Club's B grade championship

FRASER Marris intends balancing several sports, despite becoming the youngest player to win a Port Fairy Golf Club adult championship.

The 12-year-old claimed the B grade club championship on Sunday, running down a four-shot deficit in the final round with a composed 85.

His effort sent club officials scrambling for the record books, with his performance seemingly unrivalled.

“I don’t know of anyone younger,” club president Evan McLaren said.

“Knowingly, he’s the youngest.”

Fraser said he was unaware of his place in club history.

“It’s good,” the grade 6 Warrnambool Primary School pupil said.

A year earlier, Fraser caddied for his grandfather Rod Maher when the popular veteran won the title. On Sunday, wearing the same “lucky” shirt, Fraser triumphed, with his pop on the bag.

Fraser, who will play under 12 football with South Warrnambool and continue playing in the under 14 Seahawks basketball squad, said he had an open mind when he teed off on Sunday.

He was disappointed with his third-round 90 that left him four shots behind leaders Neil Cahill and Mark Lewis

“I didn’t go good on Saturday,” he said.

“Nothing went right.

“I felt a bit better on Sunday. I had nothing to lose. I just gave it everything.”

He saved his best until last, with his 85 his lowest of the championships. 

It was also the best of the day in B grade as Lewis (91), Cahill (94) and the rest of the chasing pack couldn’t match Fraser’s consistency. 

Fraser thought a double-bogey on the par-five 18th might have been costly, but he was soon greeted by well-wishers with the news of his success.

“I was pretty excited. I never knew what it felt like to win a good tournament at the club,” he said.

There will be little time for celebrating, with Fraser defending his title at the My Golf Shootout, held on the final day of the Victorian Open at Thirteenth Beach on Sunday.

The shootout is a skills-based competition for juniors, an event he claimed last year.

In other grades, Richard Chapman scored a 31-shot victory over Paul Hay. 

Chapman’s four-round total of 346 would have been good enough to win B grade by four shots, such was his form.

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