Juniors tee off with big guns
NEXT week, six Central Highlands golfers will take to the fairways at Coolangatta, in search of junior golf’s premier prize – a Greg Norman Junior Masters title.
Girls captain Tory Edmistone and James Mullins from Emerald are among the hopefuls nervously anticipating the tournament’s tee-off in the 13-and-under age group.
For Tory, the pre-competition pressure rolls like water off a duck’s back with some solid experience already under her belt from last year’s Masters tournament, where she placed 14th from about 40 starters, missing the fourth and final day’s cut by only one stroke.
“I’m a bit nervous because it’s a big competition,” the bubbly 13-year-old said.
“I’ve just got to remember not to get down on myself – no negativity.”
The Masters event is held by invitation only and competitors must qualify through open and closed Queensland championships played throughout the year.
Tory said the journey to reach the Masters had not been without its trials, with many hard hours spent at the course hitting ball after ball, refining her technique.
“I train every day for about an hour-and-a-half and hit around 100 balls, sometimes more,” she said.
For fellow golfer James Mullins, this will be his first hit-out at the prestigious Greg Norman event and the nerves are heightened just that little bit more for him.
Four consecutive days of golf would test the most senior golfers, let alone a 13-year-old junior, and physically Mullins hasn’t got any problems.
The mental strain however, was something he was still coming to grips with.
“It’s not hard walking 18 holes, it’s just hard concentrating for 18 holes,” Mullins said.
Tory’s mum Vicki’s advice was that success was built from the ground up.
“The more they enjoy it, the better they play,” she said.
Joining Tory and James on the Central Highlands team will be male captain Luke Siddle, Hazel Martin and Tori Chambers from Moranbah and Toby Marr from Dysart.