Goondiwindi golfer invited to Greg Norman Junior Masters

Bailey Castle competes at the Greg Norman Junior Masters at the Gold Coast.

Bailey Castle competes at the Greg Norman Junior Masters at the Gold Coast.

A Goondiwindi junior golfer has returned from competing at the coast.

The Greg Norman Junior Masters is an Australian Junior Ranking Event conducted by Golf Queensland which attracted 200 of the best junior golfers from across the country and the world.

Bailey Castle was invited to represent South West QLD at this prestigious event that ran over four days at Palmer Colonial and Palmer Gold Coast Golf Course.

Practicing every day for months leading into the competition, Castle's form and handicap were improving with every round of golf he played.

Playing on December 7 in the Goondiwindi QLD Hotel Monthly Mug, and Mug of Mugs, Castle had a personal best round with 86 off the stick/net 61 giving him a win in both events. However, he missed presentation, as immediately after finishing his round of golf he packed up his sticks and traveled to the coast to start again on Sunday in the Masters.

Castle passed on his appreciation to Nicky Kruger at the club and sponsors Peter and Karen Sullivan, as the prize for the Mug of Mugs is a weekend to Mooloolaba, where he is already searching courses to play on.

Castle completed three rounds at the Gold Coast, in the hottest week of the year, and with his mum Tracey as his spotter on courses, who was more nervous than he was.

He missed the cut by five spots on the net event, to compete in the final round. However, the experience is one that he will not forget, and has only fired up his enthusiasm even more to continue practicing.

Returning home to Goondiwindi, he could not get on the local course quick enough to win the local competition where he again shot rounds in the mid 80s off the stick.

Castle is in a purple patch at the moment, as he just shot a PB on the weekend of 80 off the stick to again win the Goondiwindi QLD Hotel Monthly Mug for January.

Castle has set a goal to make the top eight in the men's B Grade championships this year in the local golf. His continued practice has seen his handicap drop 12 shots over the last six months. Turning 13 this year, he will be competing in the next age bracket of 13-18 but aims to make the school state titles again which will be played in Cairns later this year.

Next week will see several Goondiwindi juniors travel to Tenterfield to play in their carnival where they will play 54 holes over two days.