Huge win for gold prodigy
TALENTED Gympie golfer Tiffany Lewis has been put on notice by her wildly ambitious younger sister Rhianna.
Rhianna, aged just 10, has only been playing golf since October last year but is already snaring some impressive results.
The One Mile State Primary School student flashed a cheeky grin when she said she hoped to eventually catch up to her older sister.
Tiffany has good reason to keep looking over her shoulder after Rhianna was crowned 15 years and under nett champion of the Katherine Hull Classic Girls Queensland Championships last week.
The competition was held at Maroochydore’s Horton Park and Rhianna showed plenty of composure on the big stage to win the nett division of her age group by six shots.
Playing off a handicap of 35, the young golfer carded 103 on the opening day of competition, followed by 100 and a stunning 95 on the final day.
As a result of her efforts, Rhianna’s handicap has now fallen to 31.
“I’m really happy with how I went,” Rhianna said.
“It was a little unexpected because I didn’t think I would go that well against some really talented girls.”
Rhianna enjoyed excellent playing conditions for the majority of the competition, although the wind picked up a little on the final day.
“The course was not too hard but there were a few tricky holes,” she said.
Nerves are a natural part of competition and Rhianna said she didn’t let them get the best of her.
“I was a little bit nervous but once I was out there playing I felt fine,” she said.
While the junior golfer says the success of big sister Tiffany is motivating her to reach her potential, it was her mother that was her inspiration to pick up a club.
“My mum plays and I thought I would give it a go as well,” Rhianna said.
“She thought I could be really good so I’ve been working really hard to improve.”
Golf is very much a mental game and Rhianna is an extremely tenacious competitor, nominating her enthusiasm and determination as her strongest assets out on the course.
The young star is still growing and looks forward to gaining more strength to help her game reach new heights.
“My distance has improved in the last month when driving,” she said.
Adding to the success in Maroochydore last weekend, Rhianna has just discovered she has been invited to play in the Greg Norman Junior Masters at Coolangatta in December.
The competition will be yet another opportunity for the Gympie golfer to prove what she is made of against testing competition.
Looking ahead, Rhianna is mapping out where she would like to be in 12 months.
Despite her age, the junior golfer has no difficulty setting goals and mapping out a course of action to achieve them.
“I hope to drop my handicap to 20 in the next 12 months,” she said.
“I will have to work hard but it will be a good challenge.”
It’s an ambitious goal but one the young golfer is more than capable of fulfilling.
Meanwhile, sister Tiffany continues to push ahead with her own flourishing game after already achieving this year more than what many young players struggle to accomplish.
A bubbling sister rivalry is poised to spur both sisters on to new achievements and if Rhianna has her way, she won’t have too long to wait to give Tiffany a fright on course.