DOWLING'S DREAM­ING OF CAL­I­FOR­NIA

Childers’ gun golfer set to head to the USA to cap­tain Aus­tralian ju­niors

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By BEN TURN­BULL

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.

Dowling is look­ing for spon­sors to fund his trip to the US and if you can help, please email sport@news-mail.com.au and your de­tails will be passed on to him.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

ON COURSE: Childers golfer Blake Dowling will cap­tain the Aus­tralian team at the World Ju­nior Olympics in July.

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