Junior champs defy heat and competition

THURGOONA’S Tim Purtill and Cobram-Barooga’s Steffi Vogel defied searing conditions and a strong field to take out the Wodonga Junior Masters yesterday.

Purtill fired rounds of 73, 69 (142) to edge out Albury youngster Bailey Stewart (76, 71) by five shots.

Vogel won the girls’ title in a play-off against Rachel Fellows after carding two rounds of 84.

Wodonga’s Jake Evans won the rookie series.