18 May 2017
Tara Anglican School for Girls’ Year 9 student June Song has become the NSW All Schools State Golf Champion for both stroke play and match play for 2017.
After her third year of competing at the state level June took out both titles this year, improving on her stroke play win last year.
“Coming into this year I knew I had to practice hard like always and play the best I could. I really wanted to win the stroke play and match play this year,” said June.
June, who will turn 15 this year, started playing golf when she was just six years old after watching a school friend taking a group lesson. Nine years on and she has had tremendous success in the sport she loves.
“In a year I play around 20-25 major tournaments, a large portion of them in NSW and a couple are interstate and generally, I will have 1-2 tournaments in other countries. One of the most memorable moments in my golf has to be when I had my first hole in one. I was nine years old and playing a small tournament when this milestone happened,’ she says.
One of her many memorable tournaments was the Srixon International Sub Junior Classic, held in the Hunter Valley last year. It was the first major tournament she won and proved to be a great learning experience for her.
“In January this year I played two amateur events, the Avondale Amateur and the NSW Amateur, in both tournaments I had under par rounds and made the cut as well. I gained a lot of experience and confidence through the events,” said June.
June also enjoyed the opportunity to represent Tara Anglican School for Girls at the NSW All Schools competition.
“Representing the school I was honoured and wanted to win as a Tara girl. I felt calm and composed the whole week and I just tried my best and didn’t put any pressure on myself. After winning both events I was very proud of myself and I was thankful towards everyone who supported me that week.”
June is coached by Avondale Golf Club Head Professional Mark Paterson and practices nearly every day after school for two hours in addition to a weekend lesson.
“I also go to the gym twice a week to keep up with my fitness and make myself stronger,” said June.
“My goal for this year is to be in the top 10 of the Australian Girls Rankings, and to make the national squad next year. Ever since I was in Year 3, I had always dreamed of being the world No. 1 ladies professional. That is my biggest goal and the one that I am working hard towards. If that doesn’t work the way that I have planned I would like to attend a college in America and play college golf and eventually turn pro that way.”
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