Two days apart, two junior pennant golfers from Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort entered the single figure handicap territory.
It was a big weekend for Oliver Ridley who on Saturday, November 4, had 70 off the stick for 39 points and the next day registered 38 points which resulted in his handicap of nine.
On the Monday, Ben Casley blitzed the field with 41 points which got him to a nine handicap.
Oliver, 13, told the Yarrawonga Chronicle he was happy to get down to nine. “Now I’m beating Dad which is good!” Dad is Brett Ridley whose handicap is 10 as we go to print.
Oliver has been golfing for nearly two years and the reduction in his handicap has accelerated over the last two months.
“Evan’s (head Pro Shop professional) been coaching me and my handicap has dropped at least three strokes,” the Year 7 student at Yarrawonga’s Sacred Heart College said. “He’s a really good coach.”
After being on a 10-handicap for a few weeks, Ben has also had a couple of big rounds of 77 off the stick on the Saturday followed up on Monday with his excellent 41 points.
A happy Ben, the son of Pro Shop professional Shane Casley, acknowledged “it’s a pretty good achievement”. “Dad’s a good coach. He tells me where to hit it,” the 15-year-old Year 9 Yarrawonga Campus P-12 student said.
“He’ll beat me one day but I’ll try and make it later rather than sooner!” a dark haired professional in the Pro Shop chipped in.
Evan Droop said it was very pleasing from a club point of view about the progress of Ben and Oliver.
“It’s quite an achievement to get to single figures and we’re looking forward to their continued progress,” Evan said.
“They’re both good junior pennant players and played in pennant flags. Both are good kids and good members of our golf club.”