Junior golfer Jack Pountney runner-up at World championships
STAR junior golfer Jack Pountney has gone agonisingly close to bring a World championship back home to Coffs Harbour.
Playing in the World Left-Handers Championship in South Africa, Jack led the open division at the half way point but stumbled in his final two rounds to go down by four strokes to fellow Aussie, Jarrod Freeman.
While having to be satisfied with the runner-up trophy this time, it's an improvement for the exciting young sportsman after finishing third in the same event last year in Turkey.
Jack and fifth placegetter Bryce Pickin are both members of the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation while tournament winner Jarrod is a former member.
Right from the start it was an intensive battle between the leading pair.
Jack's first rounds of 72 and 77 saw him lead on 149, with Jarrod two strokes back after rounds of 73 and 78.
The older player then shot 78 to take a one stroke lead after Jack found trouble and carded 81.
The Coffs youngster wasn't able to match his first round effort and turned in 76, with Jarrod recording 73 to take the event, 302 to 306.
So dominant were the Australians that third placed Juergen Stuempfl of Germany was left 10 strokes back on 316.
Bryce Griffin carded 326 for a highly creditable finish.