Young golfer takes out district titles

After just one year of competition, Aaliya Puvanendran has won two back-to-back Ballarat District golf titles last month. The youngster is one of three Maryborough locals who train in the Ballarat Girls Development Squad to develop their skills.

Aaliya Puvanendran’s passion for golf is taking a swing in a different direction, with the 10- year-old having recently claimed her first two district titles.

Aaliya claimed the primary school nine-hole category at both the Ballarat District Open Junior Championships and the Ballarat District Junior Classic last month.

After just a year of competition, the titles are by far Aaliya’s crowning achievements in a short, but impressive golf career.

The love for the sport stems from a family of golfers which often sees Aaliya, her dad and siblings at the Maryborough Golf Course.

“I’ve played golf for about three years because of my dad and my brothers,” she said.

“I like golf because when you hit the ball you can just take all the anger out of your body.”

Aaliya is one of a handful of budding golfers involved in the Ballarat District Golf Incorporated (BDGI) Girls Development Squad.

The squad was created to help encourage girls to stay with the sport and expose them to proper training and a higher level of competition.

The squad also hopes to address the particular issue of young girls shying away from the sport due to a lack of players their age to practice and play with, which Golf Victoria has identified as a barrier for young golfers.

For more on this story see Page 38 of The Advertiser, Friday, February 8

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