Brandon swinging to success
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
TOMORROW'S Coffs Harbour Junior Titleist Tournament to be held at the Coffs Harbour Golf Club could be the culmination of a massive year for Brandon Connor.
A year ago, the Bishop Druitt student had a handicap of 28 but a lot of hard work on the practice fairways has seen that number plummet into single figures territory and he's now off nine.
"I've had a lot more practice and become more consistent," the 13-year-old said. "I try to get down here every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to practice and try to get a lesson once every two weeks with Peter Pearce.
"I used to be pretty good at putting but I've been practising my irons a lot lately, so that should help me heaps this weekend."
This year has been a stellar year for young Brandon, who started playing golf in Coffs Harbour Golf Club's sub junior competition in 2000.
In March, the right hander became the club's C Grade stroke play champion and he followed that up in May when he won the C Grade matchplay championship.
Even better, the talented junior was a member of the club's Division 4 Pennants team that won the district flag.
A full field of over 100 junior golfers from across the state is expected to tee off tomorrow in the junior tournament.
Brandon isn't promising any success but he is hoping for an advantage over the visiting players. "I play here and practice here every day of my life so that should help."