Young guns are in the swing of things
ISIS quartert Blake Dowling, Will Martell, Sophie Martell and Amara Burns have improved the local reputation of producing junior golfers.
The junior quartet competed at the inaugural Australian Age Division Championships in Yeppoon from April 13-16, with all four returning strong results.
The event doubled as a pre-entry event for the Junior World Olympics in California later this year, with Dowling already named captain of the 25-strong team.
He had a poor opening day but recovered to finish fourth against a strong field featuring golfers from Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand.
Will Martell finished third in the 11-12 age group, but that could have been even better if it weren’t for a horror seven on a par three.
Selectors rewarded Martell’s solid form with a spot in the squad, but he had to turn down the chance due to the Queensland Schools State Titles in Cairns.
Burns played consistently over the three days to finish fifth in the 9-10 year old girls’ division.
Sophie Martell played “very good golf” on the final two days to finish fifth overall in the 13-14 girls’ division.
The results are extremely positive for the group given there were more than 170 players in the competition, including some who are nationally ranked.
It is reward for the hard work all juniors put into their games, and reinforced Isis’ reputation for producing top juniors.
GOOD FORM: Blake Dowling, Sophie Martell, Will Martell and Amara Burns. All medal winners at the Australian Age Division Championships held at Yeppoon.