Hard work pays big dividends for NSW
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE future golfing stars from New South Wales played some incredible golf all weekend at Bonville International Golf Resort to claim the Tri-State matchplay tournament over their Victorian and Queensland opponents.
The victory was a comfortable one but NSW Institute of Sport head coach Peter Knight was quick to point out that the ease of the victory in no way reflected how well the opposition played.
"We played better and that's borne out by the result, and we won pretty convincingly but on Saturday one of the Victorian boys was under par but national amateur champ Tim Stewart beat him," he said.
"A couple of the other matches have been won where the loser has been under par, so the standard's pretty high."
When push came to shove though, Knight believes that the weekend's victory came down to one simple ingredient.
"The NSW Institute players right through the week, their workrate was really first class," the coach said.
"They worked hard all week and then they get the rewards at the end by performing well."
Knight has been the head coach of the junior squad since the golf program's inception in 1997 and in that time he has seen many talented golfers come through the ranks.
The likes of former Coffs Harbour junior Paul Sheehan, Brendan Jones, Nathan Green and Michelle Ellis who are all already playing on or headed to the lucrative USPGA Tour as well as a number of national amateur champions.
The lead-up the weekend's event included a week long camp at Bonville where the squad of a dozen players worked on several aspects of their game as well as career development which the coach said was a great success.
"It was tremendously productive," he explained.
"This is the second year that we've come up to Bonville and we came up on the Monday and stayed until Friday.
"We had a media presentation-public speaking seminar on Tuesday, then Wednesday we had one of our sports psychologists up here plus the career and education person from the NSWIS. We went to the gym a couple of times and the rest of the time we were just practicing and playing, so it was very productive."
The Institute squads will now prepare for the amateur tournament season which is held from late January through to May where those that put their talent on display all weekend will fight tooth and nail for a berth in the national team.