Nick tees off with school side
GOLF: Woongarra year 7 student Nick Schneider has been rewarded with a place in the School Sport Queensland Primary golf team after finishing third at the state titles in Townsville.
A Burnett House leader at his school, the 11-year-old wound up just five shots behind the winner and he was a bit disappointed with his first round at the championships, carding a 49 for the nine holes, which he believes cost him No. 1.
But he rebounded with twin scores of 85 in the second and third rounds, both over 18 holes, before finishing strongly with a par-36 for the nine-hole final round.
“I had a terrible first day and if I could have started well, I think I would have been a nice chance of winning it, but my game on the last day helped a lot,” Schneider said.
He is excited about the chance to play in the Primary Nationals in Adelaide later in the year and also receiving an invitation to compete in the Greg Norman Junior Masters in December.
“I just want to play good golf, have fun and enjoy myself,” Schneider said.
“I also played at last year’s state titles and after I got chosen this year, I spoke to the selectors who said I was also close to selection last year when I came 10th but they only pick eight.”
He will continue to train hard under his coach, Coral Cove Club professional Russell Kelly.
Also a Bundaberg Primary Schools forward star in rugby league who was chosen for the possibles v probables game at the Wide Bay trials, Schneider is just the fourth Woongarra student to have gained Queensland representative honours.
He is also the first Wide Bay player to be chosen in a state primary golf side since Hervey Bay young gun Connor Reeves two years ago.
Born in Brisbane, he said he was raised at the Gold Coast until his family moved to the district when he was in year 1 and that he has always loved golf, playing his first nine-hole game when he was only four.
Currently with a handicap of 11, Schneider has also already achieved beyond his years, including playing with and against his father Mario, whom he said has a handicap two lower than his, and he would like to go as far as he can in the sport.
“I won one of Coral Cove’s major championships, the Easter Cup in 2009, which is a handicap event in which Dad also played, but in another of the club’s major tournaments, the Coral Cove Classic, last year, he won and I came second,” he said.
“One day, I would love to become a professional, and hopefully the Australian championships might be a stepping stone.”