SUPPLIEDJake Slater, 12, and his mom Valerie Slater maintain the cups they obtained for profitable competitions on the Riverton Golf Membership Championships this month.Riverton Golf Membership officers consider 12-year-old Jake Slater is the youngest to win their intermediate males’s championship. He gained the title earlier this month and to make the event extra particular, his mom Valerie gained a girls’s grade competitors on the identical day. Membership secretary Invoice Jones mentioned: “So far as we are able to decide Jake is the youngest to win the intermediate championship.” President Dene Cole agreed. READ MORE:* College boy golfer beats the adults forward of taking part in in NZ Junior Open* Ten yr outdated juggles faculty work and golf balls* Pint-sized golf champ Noah Novacek takes on Arrowtown oldies “I’ve been within the membership for 40 odd years and I can’t bear in mind anyone that age profitable the intermediate earlier than,” Cole mentioned Within the subsequent few years Cole expects Jake to win the championship’s senior males’s part. Nevertheless, within the brief time period Jake will play in Southland and Otago competitions through the summer season. Taking part in towards adults had helped him enhance as a golfer, Jake mentioned. He was happy together with his efficiency within the Riverton championship. “I performed fairly effectively they usually [the opposition] had been rather a lot older than me.” For a lot of the previous two years, Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns had decreased the quantity of tournaments Jake often performed in. Earlier than the pandemic, he performed within the New Zealand and Australian Junior Opens. In his age group on the New Zealand Junior Open, he completed second in 2018 and fifth in 2019. He performed within the 2019 Australian Junior Open and completed seventh in his age group. On a visit to the US in 2019, Jake completed within the prime 30 within the USA Future Champions Worldwide Open in San Diego and completed within the prime 25 within the USA World Future Stars in Las Vegas. Jake was invited again to these occasions in 2020, however they weren’t held due to the pandemic. Jake attends Southland Boys’ Excessive College in Invercargill.