St Mary's student gets surprise golf call-up
RECOVERING from a bout of sickness which kept her out of the prestigious Katherine Kirk Classic this week, budding golfer Brittany Else was consoled by the knowledge she will soon be teeing off at an even bigger tournament.
The St Mary's College student received an email out of the blue this month, inviting her to the Australian Schools 15 Years and Under Golf Championships as a representative of Queensland.
Hailing from Rosewood golf club, 14-year-old Brittany will team with three other girls at the national championships to be held in Sydney on November 12-15.
The right-hander has been a regular in Met West school sides, but mum Tanya said Brittany was "very excited” at the prospect of stepping up to the tee and testing herself against the best young golfers in the country.
Tanya added the family was "quite surprised” to receive the selection news, but perhaps should not have been considering the dedication Brittany shows to honing her craft.
"We knew nothing about it. They just sent us an email saying she's been selected,” Tanya said.
"She's been doing a lot of hard work. We travel to the (Gold) Coast every Thursday afternoon - she's in a high-performance squad with Richard Woodhouse as her coach.
"She has played in the Queensland Amateur which was at Bargara (in July), and has already qualified for the Junior Masters (in December).
"She's been sick - and now we're all sick - so she didn't play this weekend (at Katherine Kirk Classic). She's been training particularly hard the past 12 months.”
That hard work has seemingly paid off, with Brittany to represent Queensland at the championships which run concurrently with the 2018 Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club.
"They actually get to go to the Australian Open as part of the competition,” Tanya said.
"They will have a couple days of playing, and then one day of getting to hopefully meet (professional golfers) Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, those kinds of guys.”
Brittany has gradually improved her skills on the greens for the past seven years.
"Her brother started to play, and she decided she wanted to play too,” Tanya said. "It's her main sport now. It's all she likes to do.”
With no other major tournaments on the horizon until the Greg Norman Junior Masters in December, Tanya said Brittany would continue to split her time between Rosewood and Ipswich Golf Clubs as she continues her fledgling career.