Qld dreams for Good­win

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

MOSS­MAN’S Gen­nai Good­win is re­al­is­ing her golf­ing dreams with se­lec­tion in the Queens­land team to con­test the na­tional In­ter­state Se­ries and an in­vite to the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Am­a­teur ti­tles in April.

Gen­nai was part of the all-con­quer­ing Queens­land girls’ team which won the In­ter­state Se­ries last year and will be in the run­ning for se­lec­tion in the na­tional team af­ter the two huge tour­na­ments.

“I’m go­ing to do a lot more work with my coach Grant Field to hope­fully fix up a few things and be in top form by the time April comes around,” she said.

“But in say­ing that I’ve done rea­son­ably well in the last few tour­na­ments I’ve played in.

“The AJA and IA is in Car­brook on the Gold Coast, which is good be­cause it’s home-grown for us, so we can get heaps of prac­tice in be­fore we play and cap­i­talise on the home grown ad­van­tage.”

The tour­na­ments start in early April and are backto-back, with three days of Am­a­teurs and four days of the In­ter­state Se­ries.

“It’s a big na­tional event and ev­ery­one tries to get into their state teams to play and it’s a bit hard to say how I will go, there’s al­ways good new girls com­ing through,” Gen­nai said.

“The Queens­land team is all good, I get along with all them, we are all good friends and it will be a close team which is your key to hope­fully win­ning.

“We won last year so we’ve got to back it up.”

Gen­nai is back home in Moss­man af­ter com­pet­ing and fin­ish­ing sixth in the Tas­ma­nian Ju­nior Masters on Tues­day and will spend a cou­ple of weeks re­cu­per­at­ing be­fore mov­ing to Brisbane for study.

“I’m do­ing a bach­e­lor of arts ma­jor­ing in sport science, I’m go­ing to do that for a year and then move into phys­io­ther­apy and do child physio, but that comes af­ter golf, pretty much,” she said.

“Golf is my pri­or­ity, I didn’t re­ally want to move away but my ca­reer has pulled me away any­way.

“It’s al­ways been a dream of mine to get into se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion since an early age, so to be ac­tu­ally do­ing it is like a dream come true.”

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