The combined high schools sports association golf championships have wrapped up for another year with South Coast gun Jye Halls selected for the State All Schools Merit team.
This year the competition, held at the Club Catalina golf course, saw 119 male and female golfers from high schools across the state compete for the championship title and chance to be selected for the state team.
Carnival manager Denise Clune said selection for the merit team was an important accolade on the student's sporting resume.
"Students who were selected today can use this selection for applications to go over to a college in America to further their golf," she said.
"That's usually the next stage for those who want to play professionally, so the merit team they get named in will really hold a lot of prestige for that."
Usually after the state championships, winning students would compete nationally in Victoria to be named for the Australian merit team, but with COVID restrictions and uncertainty, nationals will not go ahead this year.
Ms Clune said the talent shown from schools across the state was remarkable.
"It has been a really successful carnival, because you're dealing with athletes who commit themselves," she said.
"These kids are playing off handicaps. Jye Halls is playing off plus two and that's outstanding.
"These are young adolescents with handicaps that are incredible and they're wonderful to work with."
Ulladulla High school student Jye Halls, 16, said although this week's competition wasn't his best performance he still enjoyed the opportunity to be back playing golf with his friends.
"I'd like to thank Club Catalina and the green managers because the course was really good," he said.
"It's good to be back having fun out there and seeing my friends from other schools."
Ms Clune said the choice to host the competition in Batemans Bay was a way for the sport to support the community after the bushfires.
"To have the championship down here was intended. Wollongong has plenty of golf courses, plenty of accommodation, but considering things like the fires at the beginning of last year, the impact on smaller communities was just horrific," she said.
"We wanted to move it away from the bigger centers to help the economies of smaller places like Batemans Bay."