Ten-year-old Aaliya Puvanendran took on the Maryborough Golf Club’s women’s C grade championships and won, adding to her growing list of achievements just 12 months after starting 18-hole golf.
Much like a growing group of local junior golfers, primary school student Aaliya, can often be found in the club’s senior categories vying for success.
Starting standard 18-hole play just over one year ago, Aaliya has dabbled in both local C and B grade categories depending on numbers.
Last month, she was crowned C grade women’s club champion despite being just 10 years old.
C grade’s numbers were down, meaning Aaliya had to beat three women to win the championship.
She was down by two shots in the gross heading into the third and final round and in front by two shots in the nett.
A three-shot win was what Aaliya needed for the victory and in the end, she managed to beat runner-up Lyn Howell by six to claim the championship.
As it was a midweek ladies competition, Aaliya said she had to ask for time off school to participate, but it was worth it for her favourite sport.
“I had to ask my parents and teacher for the three Wednesdays off to compete in the club championship but I really wanted to do it. I was really happy when I won,” she said.
For more on this story see Page 31 of The Advertiser, Friday, November 8