WA’s top am­a­teur golfer


Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE -

IT has been a big 12 months for am­a­teur golfer Kirsten Rudge­ley – now the top-ranked am­a­teur girl in WA and fifth over­all for Aus­tralia – and the year ahead is shap­ing up to be a flyer.

The Year 12 St Stephen’s School Carramar stu­dent has notched up a few more ti­tles to add to her al­ready im­pres­sive list, in­clud­ing win­ning the 2017 Women’s Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships of WA, the Ivie Tem­per­ley Tro­phy and the Spe­cial Achieve­ment Award at the WA Sports Star Awards.

Even with these achieve­ments to her name, Ms Rudge­ley said she felt “pretty re­laxed”.

“I don’t re­ally feel ner­vous or any­thing,” she said.

Golf has been part of her life for as long as she can re­mem­ber and is now “sec­ond na­ture” af­ter start­ing with just a plas­tic golf set as a young­ster.

“Dad got me go­ing pretty young, when I was about four. Ever since then, I’ve just loved it,” she said.

Now aged 16, the cur­rent WA Ladies Am­a­teur Cham­pion has com­peted in her first pro­fes­sional tour­na­ment – the 2018 Women’s NSW Open – and has just bro­ken the WA Golf Club’s course record with a score of -8.

Her sched­ule for the year con­tin­ues with golf cups and cham­pi­onships around Aus­tralia be­fore jet­ting off for the Europe Golf Tour in June, all with her fam­ily by her side.

“Mum does the manag­ing side of it, Dad’s my semi-coach and my brother Ben cad­dies,” she said.

Mum Donna Rudge­ley parised her daugh­ter’s de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mit­ment.

“Kirsten’s am­bi­tion of play­ing in the most pres­ti­gious tour­na­ments around the world has an im­pact on her so­cial life but her de­ci­sion to favour an early night for early morn­ing travel to tour­na­ments is a com­mend­able at­tribute to her com­mit­ment,” she said.

Kirsten Rudge­ley tees off.

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