FIRING: Aneka Park, 15, the winner of the Noosa, Mount Coolum, Caboolture and Caloundra Junior Classics.
FIRING: Aneka Park, 15, the winner of the Noosa, Mount Coolum, Caboolture and Caloundra Junior Classics. Brett Wortman

Junior strings together Coast Classic victories

BEATING the boys can be tough, unless you are Aneka Park.

The 15-year-old played out of her skin at the Noosa Springs Junior Classic last Sunday to record the competition's lowest score, a two-under 70, four shots in front of the boys.

It was Park's first round under par, and what a way to do it.

"It's the best round I have ever had and it felt amazing," she said.

"I was a bit nervous coming into the first two holes, but my caddy, another junior, helped me out a lot.

"I rubbed it in to the boys a little bit and let them know that I beat them, and I hope it continues."

The win rounded out a superb start to Park's 2014 campaign after wins at the Mount Coolum, Caboolture and Caloundra Junior Classics.

She also finished runner-up at the Sunshine Coast Invincibles Match Play Championships earlier this month.

The Caloundra Golf Club member is hoping to carry her good form into next month's Australian Junior Championship at Melbourne's Heritage Golf Club.

She will come up against the best young female golfers in the country as she attempts to match it with girls three years her senior.

"I am a little bit worried about playing against the older girls, but I have done it before so I know what to expect," she said.

"I have played at Heritage Golf Club before, which most people haven't done, so I know the layout of the course. It's a sand belt course and can be very tough when the wind gets up."

Park, who was introduced to golf by her father four years ago, said she was inspired after meeting 2013 US PGA Masters champion Adam Scott at Twin Waters Golf Club.

She said she would be using his advice as she attempted to forge a career in professional golf.

"He told me how he practises and how I should practise and what to expect out on the golf course," she said.

"He told me to think ahead of my shots, and that's what I try to do now."


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