Gen­nai ‘Cap­tain Fan­tas­tic’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

MOSS­MAN’S Gen­nai Good­win has cap­tained the Queens­land ju­nior team to vic­tory in the in­ter­state team ti­tles.

The tal­ented 17-year-old, a mem­ber of last year’s Queens­land team which won the ti­tle, said be­ing cho­sen to lead the state team of Lau­ren Ma­son, Tif­fany-claire Lewis, Vic­to­ria Fricot, Dee Dee Rus­sell and Na­dine White to vic­tory ear­lier this month against the best young golfers in the coun­try was a huge hon­our.

“Not only be­cause of the ti­tle but it be­came ob­vi­ous that my teammates, coach and man­ager all had the con­fi­dence in me to show guid­ance and wis­dom and to lead the team to vic­tory,” she said.

“Go­ing into the in­ter­state se­ries I knew we had the team to win, but for us to play with the de­ter­mi­na­tion and drive that each player did, I be­lieve that’s why we took out the se­ries.

“Through­out the whole week the team re­ally worked to­gether as one group, which I be­lieve is the big­gest key to win­ning this event.”

The Queens­land team got off to the per­fect start in the in­ter­state se­ries, win­ning 5-0 against South Australia in their first match at the Car­brook Golf Club south of Bris­bane.

The team came out the sec­ond day ea­ger to build on the mo­men­tum in the morn­ing ses­sion and beat Vic­to­ria 4-1.

In the af­ter­noon ses­sion against New South Wales, which fin­ished run­ner-up last year, the Queens­land girls knew they would face their tough­est test.

How­ever they kept it to­gether and fought to win 3 1/2 to 1 1/2.

With such a strong per­for­mance through­out the first two days, it meant they only had to win one con­test against the very in­tim­i­dat­ing Western Aus­tralian team on the final day.

“At this point the team thriv­ing on the idea of tak­ing out the se­ries for a sec­ond year, you could feel the ex­cite­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion com­ing from ev­ery­one,” Good­win said.

“Na­dine White and Lau­ren Ma­son won their matches which meant Queens­land had won back to back se­ries.

“It’s a great way for most of us in the team to fin­ish our ju­nior ca­reers.

“Be­ing part of a back-to-back win­ning team is an ex­tra­or­di­nary feel­ing, but to say I was cap­tain of such a hard­work­ing and ex­tremely mo­ti­vated team is a feel­ing and a ti­tle I will never for­get.”

Good­win also fin­ished a cred­i­ble 15th out of 83 ju­nior golfers in the 2012 Aus­tralian Girls Ama­teur Cham­pi­onships at Car­brook in the lead-up to the team triumph.

“The course was play­ing very tough through­out the cham­pi­onships, with the rainy con­di­tions mak­ing it even more dif­fi­cult,” Good­win said.

“I was hop­ing for a slightly bet­ter re­sult but I’m not dis­ap­pointed, I played well through­out the week and I was well pre­pared.”

Good­win re­cently moved to Bris­bane to study a bach­e­lor of arts at the Univer­sity of Queens­land as well as be­ing se­lected as the cap­tain of the State’s ju­nior team.

“At the start the move was tough to get used to but in terms of where I see my­self in the fu­ture it was the best op­tion I could have made,” Good­win said.

“Bal­anc­ing golf and study is def­i­nitely a chal­lenge, but I think I thrive and work bet­ter when I’m busier, so this is def­i­nitely the right cir­cum­stance for me.

Good­win has also just been awarded a Queens­land Academy of Sport (QAS) schol­ar­ship. The QAS is the breed­ing ground for sport­ing cham­pi­ons and sup­ports more than 600 ath­letes across 22 dif­fer­ent sports and through in­di­vid­ual schol­ar­ships, pro­vid­ing ath­letes with ac­cess to world-class sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties, coach­ing and sup­port ser­vices.

“To be granted this schol­ar­ship is def­i­nitely the first step­ping stone I need to re­ally get my golf ca­reer mov­ing to­wards be­com­ing the pro­fes­sional golfer I want to be­come in the fu­ture,” Good­win said.

Lead­ing from the front: Queens­land cap­tain Gen­nai Good­win holds aloft the tro­phy with her teammates

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