Hervey Bay crowns two junior champions for 2018
GOLF: Two of Hervey Bay's best golfers are already back on the greens despite recently being crowned club champions.
Lydia Shackell (18 holes) and Boston Jackson (3-13 holes) were crowned Hervey Bay Junior Golf's golfers of the year.
Shackell's love for golf started when she was nine. All it took was one lesson - she was instantly hooked.
She has played 18-hole golf for the past four years, and got her handicap earlier than expected so she could play at a state championships.
"I've had second place and other places but I've been working and working to get this award and it's paid off,” Shackell said.
This was Shackell's year.
She was crowned Hervey Bay's ladies club champion for 2018, won the Wide Bay open and closed tournament, and represented Wide Bay at the state titles in Kingaroy.
Today, she tees off at the Greg Norman Junior Masters, as the 15-year-old pursues a scratch handicap.
For 10-year-old Boston, his award was an unexpected surprise given he only recently moved up to the nine-hole format of the game.
"It was harder but it's getting better,” he said. "Playing against the other nine-hole golfers is the hardest part.”
Boston found golf through his dad, who has spent plenty of time on the greens.
"I played when I was four, I stopped for a while but started again (last year),” Boston said.
"Dad's really good and that's what got me into golf.
"I haven't beat him yet. I'm pretty sure he'd beat me in a putting challenge.”
Boston's area of focus is the same of many Fraser Coast golfers: getting out of the bunkers quickly and painlessly.
"When I get in them, sometimes it's hard to get out,” Boston said of the bunker. "I don't get the angle right and can't get under the ball enough.”