A fair way to professional future
She hopes to turn professional in the future and after her most recent result at nationals you could say that 17-year-old golfer Chantelle Cassidy is on the right course.
Earlier this month the Tokoroa High School student finished second in the New Zealand under 19 championships at Chisholm Park in Dunedin.
Her rounds of 76, 76 and 80 were also good enough to place her second overall with golfers from the U13, U15 and U17 age groups.
The overall winner was an U17 golfer who beat Chantelle by two shots.
‘‘I played quite well in the first two rounds but I played consistently in the last round. I wanted to win it but I was thinking about the weather conditions.
‘‘It was cold, windy and there were storms. On my last day there was hail so it was freezing,’’ she said.
She was competing against 30 other golfers from around New Zealand and one from Australia.
Chantelle has played golf since she was nine years old after her grandfather introduced her to the sport.
Her goal is to become a professional player.
‘‘I try to practise every day after school for up to two hours.
‘‘I like that I get to meet so many different people and make friends. I also get to play at a lot of different golf courses around the country.’’
FULL SWING: Tokoroa High School student Chantelle Cassidy was second at the under 19 nationals at Chisholm Park in Dunedin.