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12yo golfer wins ama­teur se­ries against adults

Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE - RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS raphaella.saroukos@news.com.au

A 12-YEAR-OLD has beaten the odds and putted his way to the top at an in­ter­state golf tour­na­ment.

Ni­co­las St­ed­man par­tic­i­pated and won the Blitz Golf AM Se­ries in Glenelg, Ade­laide ear­lier this month.

An in­vite-only com­pe­ti­tion, he teed off against 44 golfers, in­clud­ing two other chil­dren and Ade­laide Crows cap­tain Tay­lor Walker. “The course was great, a lot of peo­ple were very nice,” Ni­co­las said.

“I reckon I played pretty good on the day.”

Ni­co­las com­peted in a se­ries of rounds which elim­i­nated play­ers. In the last round the re­main­ing play­ers com­peted in a one-hole shootout, in which Ni­co­las was clos­est to the hole.

Mum Me­gan St­ed­man cad­died for Ni­co­las and was proud of his achieve­ment.

“It was very ex­cit­ing, it brought a tear to my eye,” she said. “In our wildest dreams we didn’t know what to ex­pect, for Ni­co­las to go out and win ...”

Ni­co­las was in­tro­duced to the game at eight years old by his grand­fa­ther Jeff St­ed­man and the pair have con­tin­ued to play since. He hopes to con­tinue and pur­sue a ca­reer in golf.

“It’s just fun and in­ter­est­ing,” Ni­co­las said.

“You don’t know how you’re go­ing to play un­til you go play.

“You need to stay fo­cused and not get cranky.”

“It’s def­i­nitely a men­tal game,” Mrs St­ed­man said.

In Novem­ber Ni­co­las will com­pete in the Blitz AM Tour­na­ment Se­ries Re­gional Fi­nals in Dar­win.

Un­til then Ni­co­las plans to con­tinue prac­tis­ing at his home turf, Palmer­ston Golf and Coun­try Club along­side his grand­fa­ther and brother Ai­den, 11, who also com­petes.

Pic­ture: GLENN CAMP­BELL

NT tween Ni­co­las St­ed­man won against adults in a golf tour­na­ment in Ade­laide

Pic­ture: GLENN CAMP­BELL

Young gun Ni­co­las St­ed­man, 12, took on a field of adults and came out on top at a re­cent golf tour­na­ment in Ade­laide

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