Golf junior dreams of big future
GYMPIE State High School student Tiffany Lewis is in Year 10 and is beginning to map out her future.
A keen and talented golfer, Lewis, 15, is determined to make a career out of her love of the sport.
And a year brimming with achievements so far is adding fuel to Lewis’ fire.
“I’d like to do a golfing traineeship and perhaps look at turning professional or coaching,” she said.
It’s a similar path currently being undertaken by former James Nash State High School student Charlie Dann, who only recently landed a dream break of a golf traineeship in Peregian Springs.
But having a backup plan is always a smart move.
“I am also really interested in interior design and decorating, so that’s always an option too,” Lewis said.
“But my main ambition is golf.”
Helping the young golfer’s cause has been a string of outstanding achievements on the course this year.
Back in January, Lewis represented Queensland’s Greg Norman Foundation and played New South Wales in an inter-state competition.
Although Queensland lost, Lewis was upbeat about the experience.
“It was my first time playing and it was good experience,” she said.
In April, the Gympie High student contested a national amateur tournament in Tasmania, placing 30th from a field of 65.
Against the nation’s brightest golfing talent, Lewis said she had a load of fun.
“It was great fun and really tested my game,” she said.
“The course was so different and that made it difficult to adjust.”
Lewis played nine holes the day before the competition to try and settle in with the new conditions but found she needed more time.
“I just went out and played blind,” she said. “But that was a good learning experience.”
The form continued in May for the Queensland Amateur Ladies Tournament at Bribie Island, where Lewis was nett winner on handicap and 26th out of a field of 50 overall.
The Gympie golfer underestimated her own performance at the event.
“On the last day I handed in my card and went home thinking I had missed out,” Lewis said.
“I got home and logged on to check the final results and was surprised to see I was the nett winner.”
An exciting development for Lewis this year has been making the Queensland State Development Squad.
The golfer was short listed last year but when squad numbers had to be reduced, she missed the cut.
“I start in June and will head to Brisbane once a month,” Lewis said.
The next few years will be crucial for Lewis and she plans her future but should the results continue to fall her way, a future in the sport is a very distinct possibility.