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Declan taking good form into State Schools event

PREPARED: Declan Corke is ready to give the Queensland State Schools Golf Championships in Toowoomba a red-hot crack.
PREPARED: Declan Corke is ready to give the Queensland State Schools Golf Championships in Toowoomba a red-hot crack. Matt Harris

GOLF: Fresh off nailing his first hole in one at Gladstone Golf Club, golfing prodigy Declan Corke will take to the fairways of Toowoomba this weekend.

Declan will represent the Capricornia Schools Golf team at the Queensland State Schools Golf Championships at Middle Ridge Golf Club.

The 11-year-old will compete amongst a group of 59 players who have been selected from all zones throughout Queensland.

Players will tee off on Sunday with the competition taking place over four days.

"The format will be nine, 18, 18 and nine holes on the final day,” Declan said.

"I'm heading down on Friday to get a round or two in before Sunday. My father and I travelled to Toowoomba recently for a tournament so I've had an opportunity to play the course.”

Declan Corke will compete at the 2017 State Schools Championships in Toowoomba.
Declan Corke will compete at the 2017 State Schools Championships in Toowoomba. Matt Harris

Declan will take winning form into the competition after a string of positive results.

"My form has been good over the last four weeks with a win recently in the Mackay Junior Open (Division 2),” he said.

"I've also travelled down to Brisbane with my father to play in the two-day event at Keperra Country Golf Club.

"The last two weekends I played at Boyne Island and carded two consistent rounds of 82 and 83.”

Declan Corke will compete at the 2017 State Schools Championships in Toowoomba.
Declan Corke will compete at the 2017 State Schools Championships in Toowoomba. Matt Harris

Declan is very diligent when it comes to practising all aspects of his game, although he has put particular focus on his short game ahead of the Championships.

"I practise my short game with wedges twice a week. Practise on the range with my long game two days a week and putting each day and chipping consistently,” he said.

"I was very lucky on Monday to get my first hole in one at Gladstone on Hole 15 during a practice round.”

The event runs July 23-26.

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