Kate Law tees off at the Maryborough Pro Am.
Kate Law tees off at the Maryborough Pro Am. Hayden Johnson

Law rewrites history after firing a course record

KATE Law may just be the best golfer to come out of Maryborough.

The 16-year-old fired a ladies course record two-under par gross score during the opening round of the Maryborough Golf Club Pro Am.

The two-day Pro Am offers amateur golfers the opportunity to play alongside PGA Queensland Sunshine Tour professionals.

In what has been a remarkable start to her career, a 70 on her home course was more than just another check mark on Law's to-do list.

"I think it is pretty massive to set a course record," she said.

"It's a huge achievement that anyone would want to achieve and to have your name up on the honours board for ages is pretty good."

Needing to hold her nerve over the last two holes, Law made par on the second last hole then broke the 25-year course record by saving par with a tough putt on the final hole.

"It was pretty difficult because the birdie putt I gave myself I hit it that hard it wasn't funny," she said.

"It was a bit nerve-racking, but a huge relief when I got it and considering it was the first time I've broke par I was pretty happy."

Her round beat the previous course record - held by Jenny Rochford - by one shot.

Law's group included another Maryborough product, Sam Eaves, who shot three-under par 67 the same day and went on to finish seventh in the Pro Am.

Asked if playing in a professional tournament atmosphere helped her game, Law said "It kind of helped me achieve my goals, which was to try and beat him (Eaves) off the stick, so I was kind of fighting for it.

"When you are with a higher player, you try to achieve their level and you work at a higher standard."

With her game in good shape, Law is hoping for a strong performance at the School Sport Australia 19 years and under golf championship in Victoria, starting on August 25.

"Hopefully I can get a top-10 finish, which would be good," said Law, who qualified for the event with a sixth finish at the state titles last month.



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