Tanner Richards gets in some practice at the Gympie Pines Golf Course.
Tanner Richards gets in some practice at the Gympie Pines Golf Course. Craig Warhurst

Richards keeps eye on the prize

THE career of James Nash student Tanner Richards is on the up.

He recently had a record round at Gunabul Homestead par-three course with four-under off the stick.

The previous, long-standing record was three-under.

The 17-year-old Richards ignited his passion for the sport after his dad's 40th birthday celebration was a game of golf.

Richard said his game had improved in the past six months thanks to new coach Grant Field.

Richards meets Twin Waters-based Field once a fortnight and said he had seen improvement in his game thanks to the training sessions.

"I've seen heaps of change," Richards said.

Richards tests his skills at junior tournaments around south-east Queensland.

The Gympie golfer is a regular at the Invincibles Sunshine Coast Junior Golf Tour and takes his golf clubs to school so he can walk to the nearby Gympie Pines course after school and get in some practice.

"I try to practise whenever I can," Richards said.

Today he is playing on the final day of the three-day Begara Junior Classic.

His first round on Tuesday was not his best performance, but yesterday was a turn around landing Richards in ninth at one-over.

Richards said he was happy to be in ninth, considering the high standard of players in the field.

"There are heaps of good contenders here," Richards said.

He said he did not expect to do as well as he had yesterday.

Richards has been selected to represent Wide Bay at the upcoming zone championships, after an impressive six-over in the trials.

He might have a casual composure about him, but

Richards is focussed, saying he would like a career in golf.

Gympie Times


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