Young guns are in the swing of things

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GOOD FORM: Blake Dowl­ing, So­phie Martell, Will Martell and Amara Burns. All medal win­ners at the Aus­tralian Age Di­vi­sion Cham­pi­onships held at Yep­poon.

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