OCEAN Grove-based brothers Alex and Lachie Smith lit up the greens at Sunday’s Victorian Open junior event at Thirteenth Beach Golf Club in Barwon Heads.
In a major coup for the local region, it is the first time a senior and junior Victorian Open golf event has been held on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Both Alex, 16 and Lachie, 14, who are members of the Ocean Grove Golf Club, are expected to have regular voluntary involvement throughout this week’s Victorian Open main event.
Geelong and District Golf Association Vice-president, Steve Hibble, said while Alex and Lachie were still developing their golf game, he mentioned they could be future stars of the sport.
Hibble, a former captain and vice-captain of the Ocean Grove Golf Club, has coached both the Smith boys.
Alex is the current match-day champion at the Ocean Grove Golf Club, ironically he defeated Hibble in the final.
“I have known Alex and Lachie six or seven years now,” Hibble said.
“Alex progressed a hell of lot in the last year, he has grown a lot in the last year, he has become a young adult when they hit 16.
“They have both represented junior pennant for Ocean Grove for the last five years.
“Lachie has represented Victoria and Australia at the District Schoolboys golf events.”
The 2013 Victorian Junior Open Boys & Girls Champions from Sunday receive automatic entry in to the Victorian Open Pro-Am event.
MEANWHILE, the four-day Victorian Golf Open event that begins on Thursday, February 21 at nearby Thirteenth Beach Golf Club, will attract the big names including English superstar Laura Davies and 2012 Australian PGA Winner Daniel Popovic.