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Taylor made for golfing career

JOSH Taylor is starting to look like a chip off the old block.

The 23-year-old son of Hervey Bay Golf Club professional Gerry is starting to make a name for himself on the fairways and greens.

He won the City of Hervey Bay Open Championship after shooting a three-over-par round of 73.

Taylor, who plays off a handicap of four, finished one shot ahead of another member of the Hervey Bay club, Elgar Harrison, to win the tournament for the first time.

The annual event was contested by 181 players in three grades.

Dave Miller (B grade) and Scud Firth (C grade), both of who are members of the Hervey Bay club, were the other big winners on the day.

Taylor, who moved to the Whale City from Sydney earlier this year, said the win certainly made up for the disappointment of losing in a play-off in the City of Maryborough Open last month.

“To go so close to winning in Maryborough was frustrating but I guess you could say that it's all part of the learning curve,” Taylor said.

“You got to learn to take the bad with the good in this game so I'm really happy to have won,” he said.

With his father a professional (as are his uncles Stephen and Chris) does Josh have any desire to follow in the family footsteps?

“I certainly do,” he said.

“My aim is to start a traineeship next year and hopefully join the professional ranks like dad.

“That would be great but I am aware that there's a lot of hard work to do before that - I've got to get my handicap down to three for a start.

“I am confident of doing it if I keep working at it.”



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