Blake’s on course for big career
The ability to focus on study and sport proves Dowling’s got what it takes
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.
BALANCING ACT: Childers golfer Blake Dowling is juggling Year 12 studies with a burgeoning golf career.