IF practice makes perfect Daniel Gill is well on his way to a career in golf.
The 11-year-old recently became the youngest player to win the monthly medal at Wodonga golf course — the pinnacle of club competition — with the tees as far back as possible and the pins in their toughest positions.
Gill carded a net 66 on a wet and soggy course and backed it up on the Sunday to win the stableford competition with 40 points — 4-under his handicap.
But the wins were no fluke, the St Monica’s year 6 student setting himself for the weekend with a week’s worth of practice ahead of both competitions.
“It was wet and the ball wasn’t running so it wasn’t ideal for my game,” Gill said.
“But I really wanted to win it and practised every afternoon in the week leading up to the medal.
“I started playing golf about two years ago and started playing competition about seven months ago.
“I try to get to the golf course to practise most afternoons and I have to thank my mum and dad for that,” he said.
Wodonga professional Mandy Buchanan said Gill was a natural.
“He started in the junior clinics and looked a golfer from the start,” she said yesterday.
“Monthly medals are tough to win, Zach Murray who played in the US the other week still hasn’t won one.”