Declan's southern exposure on par
GOLF: Declan Corke is the only Central Queenslander to play in the prestigious national Primary Schools Golf Championships which starts today in Murray Bridge, South Australia.
The three-day competition which continues tomorrow and Thursday with a rest day in between has the best primary school golfers from all over Australia representing all states and territories.
"I'm really proud to be representing to be representing CQ at the national primary schools golf championships this week in Murray Bridge,” Declan said.
He is part of a 12-person Queensland team which consists of Andrew Park, Ethan Leighton, Kai Schloss, Harrison Crawley, Yevin Samararatne, Will Ross, Jack Oster.
The QLD girl's contingent is Caitlyn Vanderkruk, Rhiannon Nott, Ilani Short and Kate McFarlane.
Declan has played in various representative tournaments in the past 18 months and he added he is not going to place any pressure on himself.
That is the exact attitude that sports youngsters should have and enjoyment is the key.
Success will follow and should be deemed as something of a bonus.
"I don't have any expectations although I'll do my best and enjoy the experience,” Declan said.
"I'm going to be playing in a team format for the first day so that should be fun.”
The recent wet weather in Murray Bridge, a picturesque country town situated some 100km south east of Adelaide, will have the greens lush and slow in the first couple of days before the weather warms up tomorrow and into the 30s on Thursday.
"I don't the know course, but have heard that the greens are good,” Declan said.
"The conditions will be a lot different to what I'm used to.
The nature of the Murray Bridge greens should suit Declan and he has been working hard to have his confidence high.
"I've been mostly working on my short irons and alignment,” Declan explained.
"I've been practising each day for the past two weeks in Gladstone to preparing for the event.
"My short game and putting has improved so that should help me around the greens.”
Declan is match ready and apart from the lay-out in Murray Bridge, said he is in good form.
"I've been playing in junior and men's competitions around CQ and the most recent was the CQ Junior Open in Yeppoon where I finished runner-up in the B-grade gross event. I've also played in Calliope, Boyne island and the Gladstone courses since the State Titles,” he said.