Hazel eyes golfing life

EXCELLENCE: Young golfer Hazel Martin is moving to Brisbane to join a golfing school of excellence.
EXCELLENCE: Young golfer Hazel Martin is moving to Brisbane to join a golfing school of excellence. Lee Constable

TALENTED young Mackay golfer Hazel Martin is about to embark on the next stage of her golfing career.

Martin, 14, now in year 8 at Mercy College, has enrolled at Kelvin Grove State College, which has a golfing school of excellence for years 8-12.

"I'm hoping it will make my golf better and my skills improve," she said.

"They have coaches to help you and I'll be playing a lot of golf.

"A teacher from the school came and saw my dad (John) and they told him about it and he was interested."

John, her mother Faith and sisters Nerry, 12, and Grace, 3, will also make the move at the end of this school year.

The family came to Australia from Lae in Papua New Guinea when Martin was about six, living at Moranbah and Mackay.

"I followed my dad around on the course at Moranbah when I was young," Martin said. "Dad got his handicap down to eight at one stage, he's now my coach and caddie."

Martin will be a NQ representative at the Greg Norman Junior Masters at Coolangatta from December 12-16.

She placed third in the Mackay district junior championships this year, and was part of the Mackay junior pennants team which won the NQ title.

Now playing off a handicap of six, she has a simple philosophy on the course.

"I take it one step at a time and I don't think about the score," she said. "If I have a bad shot I just forget about it. I try to play each shot as well as I possibly can.

"I'd like to be a pro some day and go on the tour. I enjoy it, just like my dad does."

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