WATCH: Teen tees up for a win in America

Teen tees up for US golf comp : Ryan Stitt will travel to America today for the Veritas World Junior Olympics.
Teen tees up for US golf comp : Ryan Stitt will travel to America today for the Veritas World Junior Olympics.

TOMORROW Ryan Stitt will be a long way from home - but he's not afraid, because he'll be taking on some of the best golfers his age in the Veritas World Junior Olympics.

The 13-year-old qualified for the competition at the Aussie Age Champs in the Capricorn Coast Resort for 13 to 14-year-olds.

His latest achievement is testament to his hard work and dedication to the game.

It will be his second time in America, after competing in a tournament in Las Vegas last year.

This time around, he says he's better prepared.

"It was so exciting to get another opportunity to play in America," he said.

The Chanel College student has been playing golf for five years.

"I never imagined I'd make it this far in golf," Stitt said.

Ryan Stitt with his coach Dion Hayne pictured with businesses Allied Pickfords, Ray White, Rotary of South Gladstnoe and Busteed Upholstery, who have all supported his trip to America. Photo Tegan Annett / The Observer
Ryan Stitt with his coach Dion Hayne pictured with businesses Allied Pickfords, Ray White, Rotary of South Gladstnoe and Busteed Upholstery, who have all supported his trip to America. Photo Tegan Annett / The Observer Tegan Annett

"I think who ever wins this competition, it will come down to putting; whoever putts well and plays consistently will win."

Stitt finished the qualifying competition with four over after playing 54 holes in three days.

Since then he has been practising on Saturdays and Sundays, on top of training eight hours a week with Calliope Golf Club coach Dion Hayne.

"It's quite an honour. I feel like I'm doing the easy part ... he's a good inspiration for the other members of our club too," Hayne said.

"We're going to see some big things from Ryan in the future."

Hayne said Stitt's strengths on the course were his short games, touches and attitude.

Stitt will be one of the three Australians in his 13-years division.

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