Findlay siblings build foundations
GOLF: Brother and sister, Jesse and Michiah Findlay, did their club Gin Gin proud when they capped off highly successful competition years with more good performances at the recent Hervey Bay Junior Tournament.
The talented siblings were among more than 100 enthusiastic up-and-comers from throughout the District who contested the event and their mother Michelle said both overcame adversity to each be among the awards.
“The day was perfect for Jesse – until he hit his first tee shot,” Mrs Findlay said.
“The swing was good and the contact was solid but the ball had a mind of its own, taking a Z-grade bounce out of bounds.
“Undeterred, he fought back to record his PB (personal best) with a blistering 87 off the stick to also clinch the Division 2 trophy.”
Jesse, 14, has always shown potential in the sport but he has taken his game to another level this year.
Michiah, three years his junior, also encountered trouble, with a couple of sand bunkers.
“But nothing really worries her, and she bounced back, carding a 56 off the stick, giving her a 30 net plus the trophy for the girls nine-hole event,” Mrs Findlay said.
As well, the 11-year-old was runner-up for the Greg Norman Foundation prize which was also run at the tournament.
Greg Norman Foundation representative Doug Gardner was on hand to present the annual awards to the winners.
Jesse also received the 18-hole net trophy for the year, while Michiah was presented with the girls 9-hole runner-up for her efforts over the past 12 months by John Bolt. They are looking forward to even bigger and better things in 2011.
Gardner, who started playing golf with the Bargara club at the age of 12, is one of two full-time professionals with the Foundation which he said “is about giving country kids a chance to try golf”.