Maryborough's Diarmid Chappell was crowned the open boys nett champion and Nipper (under-12) boys' champion at the Wide Bay Junior Open and Closed Championship at Bargara Golf Club.
Maryborough's Diarmid Chappell was crowned the open boys nett champion and Nipper (under-12) boys' champion at the Wide Bay Junior Open and Closed Championship at Bargara Golf Club. Contributed

Chappell on course for bright future

DIARMID Chappell could be anything if you ask his father Stephen.

The nine-year-old continues to amaze golfers with his raw talent after being crowned the open boys net champion at the Wide Bay Junior Open and Closed Championship at Bargara Golf Club on Sunday.

He also added his name to the Junior Nipper U12 Boys Champion perpetual trophy, alongside the likes of fellow Maryborough Golf Club members Brayden Best and Harry Law, as well as his older brother Carter who won in 2009.

Stephen, who caddied for his son, said Diarmid played well to finish with a net score of 65 (91 gross).

"He had a great day," he said.

"He missed a couple of birdies and missed a couple of putts, but his score of 65 net was good score for him."

Having only picked up a golf club two-and-a-half years ago, Diarmid is now on course for a bright future in the game.

Helping the young golfer's cause has been his older siblings Carter, Tarack and Anniston, who have trail blazed the path for their younger brother.

"He has got a lot of talent there and will really shine," Stephen said.

"Where he ranks at his age, he is leaps and bounds ahead of where his brothers and sister were and that has a lot to do with his older brothers and sister.

"He has learnt a lot from them and they have certainly given him the willingness to keep going."

Earlier this year Diarmid, who is also a talented hockey player, became one of the youngest players selected to play for the Wide Bay primary school boys' golf team.

"He hits the ball well for is age, but he just enjoys it," Stephen said.

"He gets out there and doesn't get nervous and focuses on what he is doing and that's the key to any sport I reckon."



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