Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page - Tari Jef­fers

Man­jimup golfer Cooper Long­bot­tom, 18, has re­turned tri­umphant from the Goldfields Ju­nior Desert Open with the top spot.

On Septem­ber 26 and 27, Long­bot­tom com­peted in the stroke event and be­came the first ju­nior to get an ea­gle, which is two shots un­der par, on the new Goldfields course.

“I was ner­vous go­ing into the last day be­cause I was win­ning af­ter the first day,” he said.

“All the top play­ers were in the same group on the last day, so it was nerve-rack­ing.”

Long­bot­tom said he was proud of him­self not only for the win, but for re­ceiv­ing the ea­gle award, as the hole he re­ceived it on was a dif­fi­cult shot.

“There was a 35-foot part on the ea­gle shot and it had to go up­hill and over some sprin­kler holes,” he said. “It com­pletely missed them though and I got the ea­gle.”

The com­pe­ti­tion had 95 com­peti­tors from around the State.

“It was ex­cel­lent I won on the last year I could take part in the com­pe­ti­tion and I can’t be­lieve I did it,” Long­bot­tom said. “It’s my favourite course in WA.” Long­bot­tom has al­ready set his sights on his next chal­lenge and is aim­ing to win the JB Ipsen in a few weeks. He was the run­ner-up in the event last year.

Long­bot­tom said he en­joyed golf be­cause it was a way to get out of the house and en­joy your­self.

“My dad plays too, so it’s good bond­ing time,” he said.

“Nor­mal club days are re­lax­ing but when it comes to com­pe­ti­tions, I switch off and con­cen­trate.”

Cooper Long­bot­tom won the 2018 Goldfields Ju­nior Desert Open in Kal­go­or­lie last month.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Long­bot­tom's ea­gle badge sig­ni­fies him be­ing the first ju­nior to get an ea­gle on the new Goldfields golf course.

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