Connor Reeves.
Connor Reeves. Valerie Horton

Connor blows away his rivals

HE MAY be 16, but Connor Reeves has played enough golf to know that not everyday is going to be a good day on the golf course.

But as he learned on Sunday, it's the one who is willing to scrap and fight to the end that usually ends up reaping the rewards.

While his round in the Wide Bay Junior Open and Closed Championships wasn't pretty at times, Reeves, a member of the Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club, still managed to get the job done to make it back-to-back titles at Bargara Golf Club on Sunday.

Having trouble with the blustery conditions, Reeves shot three-over-par 75 to win the 18-hole event by three shots to Bundaberg's Cameron McFarlane.

He has proven he can win in style, but Reeves said his ability to "win ugly" was a sign of his growing maturity.

"When you know you're playing bad but can still be very competitive, I guess it is a good thing," he said.

"When things aren't going your way, it's those sorts of rounds that count the most."

In April, Reeves produced a strong performance at the Australian Boys' Amateur Championship to finish 20th out of 140 leading juniors.

But as he reflected on his year, he pointed to his opening round at Western Australia's Pinjarra Golf Club as evidence his game is heading in the right direction.

"In the first round I think I was four or five over and the cut was six over, so I really had to grind it out," he said.

"I made a couple of birdies to get me to three-over and that gave me momentum going into the next round and made me shoot square, square and two-over to finish the tournament."

As the Xavier Catholic College student prepares for his next major tournament, the Gary Player Classic at Pacific Golf Club next month, he admits he is approaching a crucial time in his career.

"These next couple of years are big for me," he said.

"I'm happy with my game and it's probably the best I've been playing for a while.

"But I have to practise as hard as I can to get as good as I can be because I really want to make the Australian team."

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