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MADDIE Peters is the latest in the Wodonga golf club production line looking at a sporting college in the US.
The 13-year-old is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Catherine Odgers, Oakloahoma, and almost certainly Casey Wild as continuing their formal and golf education in the American college system.
The teen twin has reason to dream — taking her handicap from 29 to 11 in less than two years and being a recent winner of the Murray River Junior Masters overall nett trophy.
Peters also won the B-grade club championship at Wodonga and Thurgoona in the past year as a 12-year-old.
On a good day she hits her drive 190 to 200 metres but credits her short game for her recent wins.
“I used to watch dad play and then I decided to have a go. Before that I had never picked up a stick,” she said.
“I was playing basketball and netball and was a little sick of it, just looking for a challenge and golf turned out to be perfect for me.”
Peters said her improvement had come through constant practice and the advice and direction of some well-know professionals.
“I started here at Wodonga with Mandy Buchanan and then with Penny Graeber, who does such a great job with the junior program over at Thurgoona and more recently with John Rogers at the driving range,” she said.
“I’m starting to hit if further and straighter.
“But it is probably my short game that has been helping me to scramble a score, the wedges have been really consistent and straight.”
Peters will look to the Wodonga junior masters in January as her next goal.
“Catherine (Odgers) and Casey (Wild) have been great to me, I take the chance to play with them whenever I can,” she said.