Declan putting his way to stardom

The 10-year-old finished seventh out of some 50 young golfers in the competition.

This accomplishment is among a long list of achievements and so much so he is this week's Yaralla Sports Club Junior Sports Star of the Year nomination.

"I'll use it to go down to Adelaide for the National Championships in November," Declan said of his $500 prize-money that came with the Yaralla award.

Ten-year-old Declan Corke is this week's Yaralla Sports Star nomination
Ten-year-old Declan Corke is this week's Yaralla Sports Star nomination Michelle Wagner

 

What was the more impressive in his top 10 finish in Yeppoon is that he was bottom of the age group which means he is still eligible for the under 12 competition in Yeppoon next year.

"I didn't find the conditions all that hard and I played really well," Declan said.

"It put me in a good state."

Declan's next assignment on the greens is the Calliope Junior Open on Saturday week.

"I also have the BITS Junior Open on October 15 then off to Maryborough on October 16," the youngster said.

It has been a rewarding 2016 and this is just the beginning for he has a level head on his shoulders.

Declan hopes to play on the US professional golf circuit and he won the 9-10 years Australian Junior Age Championships in April at the Capricornia Resort where he qualified to play in the US.

He was also named the CQ Golfer of the Year for 13 holes back in 2014.

Proud father Derran Corke said it's a testimony to his hard work.

"Declan has won and was placed in many of the junior tournaments throughout the state and to his credit he has won the Gladstone Junior Open in four consecutive years starting out nine holes through to the B grade gross winner last year," Corke senior said.

Declan currently plays in the juniors in Gladstone and also plays in the men's competitions throughout Central Queensland.



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