'POP' INSPIRES TEEN GOLFER
GOLF: Boyne Island teenager Jamie-Leigh Amos hopes to do something that she has not done in her previous three attempts.
The 16-year-old Carrie Webb fan is aiming to be there when the whips are cracking on day four of the Greg Norman Junior Masters Championships on the Gold Coast from next Monday through to Thursday.
"I didn't do too well and did not make the cut,” Jamie-Leigh said.
But she hopes that hours and hours of training in all facets of her short and long game will transpire to make the cut-off top 15 so that she can make it a four-day effort next week.
"Dion Hayne is my coach and has been so on and off for quite a while,” Jamie-Leigh said.
"I train once to twice a week with Dion and he helps me with my swing and the different types of shots that I need to play.”
Jamie-Leigh added that her best part of her game is her short game.
It all began almost 10 years ago when she watched her grandfather Larry Cox wield the irons.
"I was seven years of age and said to my mum that I wanted to play golf because my pop was playing,” Jamie-Leigh said.
Part of the process to qualifying for the championships is obviously to perform at representative level.
"The selection process is to put in an application and play my best in the qualifying rounds in the junior opens all around Central Queensland and get the best gross scores in my age group,” Jamie-Leigh said.
She has played on the courses in Miriam Vale, Baralaba, Glasdstone, Calliope and of course at the Boyne Island-Tannum Sands greens.
"Some are dodgy, some are good and they are all different in their own way,” Jamie-Leigh said.
Jamie-Leigh joins Jayden Baylis as the 16 to 17-year girls and boys Queensland team captains.
The other local golfers who will make the trip south are Ryan Stitt and Blaike Perkins, who will represent the state at U15 level while Declan Corke will play in the U13 age group.
The first day will be played on the Colonial Golf Course course followed by day two on the Palmer Gold Coast.
Action then returns to Colonial on day's three and four.