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juniors www.insidegolf.com.au | May 2016 31 More please, say William and Chloe David Newber y email@example.com GROWING indigenous participation in golf is something siblings William and Chloe Letts encourage – albeit for different reasons. “Golf is a great sport because it’s fun and you learn that it’s not just about winning all the time,” said 15-year-old William. Chloe, 14, says she established very quickly that golf helped control her emotions. “Golf calms me down especially if I am having a bad day,” she said. Little wonder the pair wear permanent smiles whenever they turn up for practice or play. Of course, at home golf is often the topic of conversation. Since joining Pacific Golf Club in Brisbane, William and Chloe have excelled under the tutelage of club professional Mark Victorsen and recently competed in the 54-hole Queensland Indigenous Championship at Murgon Golf Club, 270 kilometres northwest of Brisbane. Surprisingly, Chloe was the only female to compete at the championship. Still, it didn’t bother her as she improved her score each day and won the junior nett and a $50 voucher, which contributed towards a new pair of golf shoes. Chloe has only been playing golf for nine months and in the past five months has reduced her handicap by 17 strokes to 28. “I was doing dancing and got sick of that and I wasn’t sure what sport to do,” she said. “ William was playing golf so I thought I’d give it a try and I love it.” William, who plays off 6.8, took out the A grade nett on the final day of the championship and finished eighth behind winner Rickie Dodd. William and Chloe live with their grandmother Marilyn in the suburb of McKenzie, which is seven kilometres from the golf club. “I first got interested in golf when my dad Robert gave me a golf club when I was quite young,” William said. “ When he saw potential in me he put me into golf at Logan City Golf Club.” Marilyn said her grandchildren moved in with her because they wanted to join Pacific Golf Club. “ They have been with me for three years and I take them to the golf club three or four times a week to practice and play in the club’s competitions. “ Their dad runs a business so it’s hard for him to get to golf, but they see him on weekends.” Both William and Chloe aspire to be professional golfers, but know it’s going to take hard work and dedication. A strong ball-striker, William says he needs to work on his hot and cold putting. “Sometimes my putting gives me grief, but other days it’s great,” he laughed. “But my coach, Mark, is a good teacher and he’s helping me improve all the time. “Since working with Mark I have learnt that I can easily fix any mis-hit or bad shots.” Chloe is working to improve her pitching and putting to complement her long game. “Pacific is a great golf club and you never get tired of playing the golf course,” she said. “Every time you play the course there seems to be another challenge.” Described as having tidy golf games, do the teenagers keep their bedrooms neat and tidy? “Yes they do,” Marilyn said. “ Their dad is the disciplinarian so if they don’t do it I call him and he sorts it out,” she laughed. “I’m so glad they are involved in golf and with Pacific because it’s a wonderful club and the people are so nice.” President of the juniors Peter Johnstone welcomed William and Chloe to the Pacific Junior Golfing Academy. “ They are great kids, enthusiastic and both are naturally talented golfers,” he said. “Importantly, I think they have a great opportunity to be ambassadors for indigenous golf. “Not many young indigenous people are drawn to golf and I think William and Chloe can be part of changing that. They have already achieved a lot of success and I am sure there is more to come for both of them.” • William and Chloe Letts can’t stop smiling since discovering golf. INSET: Coach Mark Victorsen.
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