by Peter Owen
PINT-SIZED Jayden Dyal stood on the first tee at Noosa recently, glanced towards Invincibles Tour founder Graeme Miller standing nearby, and quietly vowed that he'd win the Noosa Junior Classic.
He did, with a wonderful net 64, and the victory earned him one of the final spots in the field for the Invincibles' prestigious Gold Cup of Cups championship - an end-of-season tournament involving the net winners of all the year's junior events.
Again, he stood on the first tee - this time at Twin Waters - and, again, Graeme Miller was on hand, his ever-present camera slung around his neck.
"Are you going to win this one, too?” Miller asked. Jayden raised his head, looked at him, and simply nodded.
The Gold Cup of Cups isn't a competition for the elite group of gifted boys and girls who usually grab the headlines - it's a handicap event; one that rewards youngsters good enough, and determined enough, to beat their handicap, and strive for improvement.
Young Jayden, a 15-handicapper from Caboolture, won the Gold Cup of Cups on Sunday, returning an excellent net score of 68, and fulfilling his prediction.
Hours later, beaming with delight, Jayden accepted his trophy from Graeme Miller at the Invincibles annual presentation dinner, also at Twin Waters.
More than 130 young members of the Invincibles Tour, family, friends, sponsors and members of the golfing community attended the dinner, which has become a highlight of the Sunshine Coast golf calendar.
Peregian's Cassie Porter, who won awards for Best Individual Performance by a Girl (course record 6 under par 66 at Pelican Waters), took the girls' Representative Award, and the $1000 Encouragement Award. Australia's No 1 junior Jed Morgan (Royal Queensland) won several awards, including Best Individual Performance for a Boy for his 9 under par 63 at Bargara during the Queensland Junior Amateur Championship.
He also won the Representative Award for boys.
Tyler Duncan (Redcliffe) was a regular visitor to the podium, collecting awards for Best Allround Junior Golfer, the Coastline BMW $1000 Encouragement Award, and the coveted Players' Player award, voted on by members of the tour.
Sarah Wilson was voted Best Team Person, while Caitlin Vanderkruk (Keperra) won the Wools-Cobb Quiet Achiever Award, presented by Kathy and Steve Wools-Cobb, whose son Shae, a former Invincibles member, contested last week's Australian Open in Sydney.