Hills College students claim number one junior world golf title

NUMBER ONE: Hannah Reeves and Zubair Firdaus celebrate their world championship titles at Hills College. Photo: Jacob Wilson
NUMBER ONE: Hannah Reeves and Zubair Firdaus celebrate their world championship titles at Hills College. Photo: Jacob Wilson

JIMBOOMBA is now home to two under 18 golfing world champions.

Hills College champions Zubair Firdaus and Hannah Reeves traveled with 12 students to the Himbara World Junior Golf Championship at the Robert Trent Jones golf course in Jakarta last week.

Hannah Reeves scores a crucial birdie

More than 140 junior golfers from 20 countries contested the championship.

Zubair won the Himbara World Junior Golf Championship under 14 event in 2017 and won the under 18 championship this year with a comfortable seven point margin.

He said his good form allowed him to claim a convincing win.

“The course was pretty difficult with a lot of hazards and I hit the ball straight very well while driving,” he said.

“I would say my driving was the strongest part of my game because I had a lot of chances to win the tournament and pick up some good shots on the field and I did.”

Hannah sealed her win with an impressive birdie on her last hole, breaking the deadlock against Thailand’s number one junior Jenny Ham to become the number one world junior champion.

Hills Golf Academy director of Golf Tom Berndt said the girl championships went down to the wire.  

Hills College players celebrated their tour of Jakarta. Photo: Supplied

Hills College players celebrated their tour of Jakarta. Photo: Supplied

“It was a very strong competition and Hannah was paired in the last round with number one from Thailand and Indonesia,” he said.

“It was very tough with only three holes to go they were all square.

“Hannah had rounds of 71, 69 and 75 for a total of 215.”

Hannah said she could not have been happier with how she played.

“I was good with my accuracy and didn’t hit too many bad shots,” she said.

Logan councillor Trevina Schwarz said it was incredible for two Jimboomba students to hold a world championship title.

Logan councillor Trevina Schwarz congratulated Hannah Reeves and Zubair Firdaus. Photo: Jacob Wilson

Logan councillor Trevina Schwarz congratulated Hannah Reeves and Zubair Firdaus. Photo: Jacob Wilson

“Everyone tries hard to succeed and what a wonderful school Hills International is. There are some sensational superstars that have come from Hills (College),” she said.

Hills College has produced number one world junior golf champions in the past, including Jason Day in 2004 and Jovi Pangabbean in 2010.

This year is the first tiem Hills College produced two number one world champions from one competition and their achievement was celebrated with a guard of honour on the college grounds on Wednesday.

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