DOWLING'S DREAMING OF CALIFORNIA
Childers’ gun golfer set to head to the USA to captain Australian juniors
FINISHING school is the highlight of any teenager’s life and for some they have to wait years before they feel that sort of thrill again ... but not Childers golfer Blake Dowling.
Dowling completed his schooling at St Luke’s Anglican College in Bundaberg and was set to move on to the next chapter of his life as a university student in Brisbane studying physiotherapy.
But the grind of living in a big city and being under pressure to get good grades will be offset by knowing in July he will captain the Australian team at the World Junior Olympics in California.
Originally, Dowling thought he would have to attempt to qualify for the team but after a run of top finishes in 2014, he was picked as skipper for the prestigious event.
“When they told me I was going to be captain, I was pretty stoked,” Dowling said.
“It’s going to be a great tournament with some really good golfers playing in it.”
Dowling will still play in the qualifying event and despite not having to perform well, he said the goal was to win to reassure the selectors they made the right decision in making him captain.
To be at his best in California, Dowling plans on playing as many open events as he can in the next few months and if his recent result is anything to go by, he might be hard to beat come July.
In the first major tournament of 2015, Dowling won the Junior Summer Classic with rounds of 74 on the Capricorn Resort course and another 74 on the championship course in Yeppoon to finish with a 36-hole total of 148, winning the event by seven shots from Coral Cove’s Nick Schnieder.
Starting the final round three shots behind, Dowling had to be at his best on the tougher championship course to claim the title.
As Dowling walked up the 18th fairway, he was not 100% sure where he stood and he said he was delighted to card 148 for the classic.
The 17-year-old righthander has made the move to Brisbane and his first major tournament is the Junior Open at Royal Queensland Golf Club in two weeks and he is feeling confident of a good performance.
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ON COURSE: Childers golfer Blake Dowling will captain the Australian team at the World Junior Olympics in July.