CODY ON PAR FOR US TRIP
GOLF: In what has been a continual growing trend of athletes from the Gladstone region getting selected to represent Australia, there is another one to add to that list.
Miriam Vale youngster Cody Anderson, 7, has just been selected to play for Australia in the US in July.
It is a massive achievement for anyone let alone a young athlete just starting out.
Cody's proud father Geoffrey said his son ticked all the boxes at a recent event in Yeppoon.
"Cody played in the Australian Age Championships in Yeppoon and finished fourth overall in the 7-8 age-group," Anderson said.
"He also finished second in the 7-years boys category."
The brilliant news came in the form of a letter.
"It was an invitation and basically the criteria was based on scores and the behaviour of the players," Anderson said.
"He had tears of joy."
The two events in July are the International Junior Golf Academy World Stars Junior Golf in Las Vegas and the 2017 West Coast AAU Junior Olympics Golf Championship in Temeku Hills, California.
"They are both three-day tournaments and nine holes," Anderson said.
Cody began playing golf three years ago when he joined the Miriam Vale Golf Club and he has not looked back.
"He has a lot of natural raw talent and he has been playing among the older age groups," Anderson said.
Children start off playing competitive golf in three, six, nine and 13-hole formats before the full 18-hole competitions.
"I just play golf for fun and my dad told me about these tournaments," Cody said.
"I have been playing for three years and also play each Wednesday nine holes and am about to play 13 holes at Miriam Vale."
His best score this far has been 58 off nine holes and his game is based on a short game.
Mum Billie-Jo Anderson said without support from the community, an American adventure would not be possible.
"We would just like to thank The Shop, Miriam Vale Rodeo committee and Miriam Vale Mines and they have helped us so much," she said.