OUR WORLD CHAMP

Reeves claims vic­tory on big­gest stage

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT - Matthew Pur­cell Matthew.Pur­cell@bor­der­post.com.au

GOLF: To be the best you have to beat the best and Stan­thorpe ris­ing star Hannah Reeves did just that to be crowned a world ju­nior golf cham­pion.

Only five years into her golf­ing ca­reer, Hannah is on top of the world. She hit the course from June 5–8 in Jakarta for the Him­bara World Ju­nior Golf Tour­na­ment and, de­spite en­ter­ing de­ter­mined to fin­ish in the top 10, she claimed the lot in the girls’ 16/17 years age group.

She’s come a long way in a short time. A few years ago she was just hit­ting balls in the back­yard with dad Rob Reeves, be­fore she was ac­cepted into the pres­ti­gious Hills Golf Academy.

The golf­ing school knows how to churn out cham­pi­ons, with former world No1 Ja­son Day a past stu­dent. They can now add Hannah to that list.

“At Hills Golf Academy, you have a choice which tour­na­ments you would like to com­pete in and my coaches guide me as to which events would be best for me,” Hannah said.

“The heat in Jakarta is some­thing I was not used to, the hu­mid­ity was un­be­liev­able, and was an ex­tra thing to deal with.

“This was an elite ju­nior in­ter­na­tional golf tour­na­ment with play­ers from coun­tries all over the world such as South Africa, Malaysia, China, Ja­pan, Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore, In­done­sia and Pak­istan to name a few.

“I fin­ished the tour­na­ment in sec­ond place over­all and won the 16/17 years age group by two shots, fin­ish­ing the 54-hole tour­na­ment at one un­der par.

“I knew of a few girls that I was com­pet­ing against and knew that this was go­ing to be a tough com­pe­ti­tion.

“Ini­tially I was hop­ing I could fin­ish in the top 10, so I was re­ally happy to win my age group,” she said.

She boarded the plane con­fi­dent she’d done all she could in the lead-up and was pleased she re­tained fo­cus across all 54 holes.

“I knew I had done all I could do in re­la­tion to my prepa­ra­tion as I train most days – morn­ing and af­ter­noon – and was con­fi­dent with my game.

“Golf is not all about your phys­i­cal game: It also in­volves a lot a men­tal prepa­ra­tion and fo­cus too.

“I went into the com­pe­ti­tion ex­pect­ing to play some solid rounds so I was re­ally pleased to play well and then hold it all to­gether un­der pres­sure in the fi­nal round.”

Close by and help­ing her through was mum Juli­ette.

“Mum and Dad have done so much to help me with my golf and, having mum there with me in Jakarta, was some­thing I won’t for­get.

“I would like to thank all the peo­ple in Stan­thorpe who have sent mes­sages to me con­grat­u­lat­ing me and supporting me to this point.”

Her next task will be the Queens­land Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships at Bar­gara in July, be­fore she re­turns to Stan­thorpe for the school hol­i­days.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

EX­CELLING: Stan­thorpe golfer Hannah Reeves and fel­low Hills Golf Academy stu­dent Zubair Fir­daus at the Him­bara World Ju­nior Golf Cham­pi­onship in Jakarta.

Hannah Reeves (sec­ond from left) with her tro­phy.

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