The Border's most promising young golfer Sam Bakes is set to miss the bulk of the spring season after breaking his right collarbone playing football.
The reigning club champion at Commercial Albury Golf Club, which he won at only 14 last March, Bakes had a plate and six screws inserted after he was tackled while playing for St Patrick's under 16s in a practice match against North Albury on September 5.
Despite the severity of the injury, the year nine student has shown a remarkably philosophical nature.
"It's disappointing, but I kind of needed a break, I could think of better ways to have a break," he offered.
"I'd been practicing pretty hard, maybe 10 to 20 hours a week."
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Bakes was told he will be able to do some light practice after six weeks, so realistically it will be at least late October before he returns to action.
He's in doubt for the NSW Country Championships at Bathurst from October 31.