Blake’s on course for big ca­reer

The abil­ity to fo­cus on study and sport proves Dowling’s got what it takes

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

PRE­PARE to step aside Adam Scott – Blake Dowling is on the move.

The 17-year-old Childers lad looks up to ar­guably the best Aus­tralian golfer of the mod­ern era, feed­ing off the qual­i­ties that helped the Sun­shine Coast prod­uct be­come the world’s best.

“Just the way he fo­cuses in the game and his skill,” Dowling said.

“I as­pire to be a golfer like him.”

Dowling is on his way up in the golf­ing world, thought the St Luke’s Angli­can School stu­dent has been forced to jug­gle Year 12 stud­ies with his sport of choice.

He read­ily ad­mits it has been tough to jug­gle the com­mit­ments, with the in­creased pres­sure of his fi­nal year of school clash­ing with his pas­sion on the course.

But just as Scott can fo­cus on sink­ing cham­pi­onship­win­ning shots, Dowling has found a way to put all of his fo­cus into a task while se­cur­ing top-qual­ity re­sults.

“It’s been pretty full-on at school but I’ve had a lot of tour­na­ments,” Dowling said.

“I’m get­ting close to the end of ju­nior com­pe­ti­tions.”

His re­sult in the In­vin­ci­bles Masters com­pe­ti­tion on the Sun­shine Coast (sec­ond by one shot) al­lowed Dowling to qual­ify for the Aaron Bad­de­ley In­ter­na­tional Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship.

The in­vi­ta­tional event was held at the Her­itage Golf and Coun­try Club and drew the best golfers from around the coun­try to the

Young golfer Blake Dowling You have to have pa­tience. Some­times it gets to me but that’s part of the fun.

pres­ti­gious Vic­to­rian course.

Dowling was a mem­ber of the Cen­tral Queens­land team, which placed fifth over­all.

“The first day went pretty good but the sec­ond got away from me a bit,” Dowling said.

“I hit the ball pretty well but it blew out to­wards the end.”

Dowling is not ex­actly a new­comer to the sport, with about 10 years ex­pe­ri­ence on the greens.

His dad got him into the sport when he was seven years old, with reg­u­lar ses­sions at Isis Golf Club as well as count­less hours study­ing pro­fes­sional golfers on tele­vi­sion.

“He usu­ally acts as my caddy and he does a lot to keep me fo­cused,” Dowling said.

“I picked it up after a few years and won a few ju­nior events.

“My big­gest was prob­a­bly theWin­ter Clas­sic at Yep­poon about two years ago, where I won in a play­off. That was pretty good. I went back the next year but lost in a play­off so I’ve been on both sides.”

Dowling said the com­pet­i­tive as­pects of golf are what lure him back to the course after even the most frus­trat­ing rounds.

“One tech­nique I use is to try to fo­cus on the shot and for­get about the rest of the game,” Dowling said.

“You have to have pa­tience. Some­times it gets to me but that’s part of the fun.”

Dowling will play in a com­pe­ti­tion at Mary­bor­ough this week­end.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

BAL­ANC­ING ACT: Childers golfer Blake Dowling is jug­gling Year 12 stud­ies with a bur­geon­ing golf ca­reer.

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