WHEN he was four, Brayden Best was sinking putts at St Andrews with a plastic club while on holidays with his family.
These days he is making putts closer to home, with a much bigger club.
Whether the 17-year-old's burgeoning talents ever takes him back to Scotland's prestigious golf course is anyone's guess.
But to continue his path towards a career in golf, Best would need to show the same composure, skill and grit he displayed throughout the four days to capture the Maryborough Golf Club championship.
It was a memorable win for the Aldridge State High School student, who held his nerve in the final round to barnstorm to a 10-shot victory on Sunday.
"It was kind of shock," Best, who shot 286 (69, 74, 69, 74), said.
"I knew I was going to have a good chance to win coming into the last round, but it was real intense.
"After I won I was head over heels, but it was relief mainly."
It's a relief because last year Best was leading after the opening round before an arm injury affected his swing.
He fought through the pain to finish runner-up to 18-time club champion Alan Eaves, but this year was able to turn the tables on the veteran golfer.
Best said it was an honour to beat a club legend such as Eaves, who had been an inspiration to him for years.
"Alan has always been at the golf course and (he's) someone everyone respects and admires because of his career and what he has achieved," he said of the former Queensland captain and teammate of Greg Norman.
"You always try to beat his standards, which are really good, because if you want to be the best you have to beat the best."
This year's club championship was dominated by juniors with Harry Law, 13, firing 84 and 81 at the weekend to win B-grade by nine shots, while Isaac Sommerfeld, 13, finished just two shots behind C-grade champion Nigel Freemantle.
As expected, Queensland and Australian representative Kate Law, 15, won her fourth ladies club championship after shooting 315 to win by a ridiculous amount of shots.
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