Youngsters could cap off dream month for Coast golf coach
COACH Grant Field could cap off a dream month if his Queensland Boys Interstate Championships team can beat Tasmania on their home turf this morning.
Fresh off a maiden trip to Augusta National with his star student Cameron Smith at the US Masters, Field is now in Tassie chasing Queensland’s first title since 2013.
Sunshine Coast representatives Lachie Coleborn and Rhianna- Maree Lewis are in the boys and girls teams, with Lewis’ girls team finishing in second place when competition wrapped up on Tuesday.
Scores at the top of the table in the boys were level yesterday afternoon, with Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia all tied for the lead.
Field said Coleborn and Lewis had both been undefeated throughout the week.
“(Coleborn) was our leading Queenslander and has won every match,” Field said.
“He’s very consistent and (Alverstone) is a tight course to get around. It’s quite easy to make mistakes.”
Also in the team is one of Field’s star students and Cameron Smith scholarship winner Louis Dobbelaar.
Field said he was a special young golfer.
“He’s 14 years old, 6ft 1 and hits it kilometres,” Field said.
The scholarship’s namesake had a dream debut at Augusta, making the cut in some of the toughest conditions the already challenging course has served up in years.
He hit eight birdies, 11 bogies and four double bogies to finish the week 15-over par.
Field said Augusta was like “Disneyland” for golfers and he was in awe of the famous track.
“It’s scary how manicured and perfect (the course) is,” he said.
“It’s a lot more slopey than you give it credit for. You kind of see it on TV but you see mounds and hills and think ‘that’s massive’.
“You can hit a perfect shot and the ball just runs away from you.
“It’s not until you’re there you can appreciate how tough it really is. I spent a lot of time soaking it in.
“Obviously to coach a player since the age of 10 and take him to the Masters is a pretty cool thing. To be there for the first one was awesome.”