Harry's course set after winning CQ junior golf title

Harry Shuttleworth, 13, has had a stellar year on the CQ golf circuit.
Harry Shuttleworth, 13, has had a stellar year on the CQ golf circuit. Mike Richards

BITS Golf Club junior Harry Shuttleworth has a swag of trophies to add to the mantelpiece after a stellar year on the Central Queensland circuit, and hopes that this weekend will see him continue those results at a club level.

The 13-year-old was thrilled to be named this year's Golf CQ Junior Golfer of the Year for 13-hole gross, 13-hole open champion and the Greg Norman 13-hole gross points winner.

"I didn't really expect it. You wait until the last open of the year to find out," Harry said, although he pointed out that his father Stephen, who is the junior co-ordinator at BITS, had been paying attention to his progress.

The golf season runs from February to November and in that time points were accumulated at various CQ junior opens towards the trophies.

Harry had won five opens over the year, come close to victory another couple of times and won every event for the Greg Norman Award.

It's clear the youngster with an impressive drive, who managed 46 for 9 just last weekend, has come a long way since being introduced to the sport five years ago.

Harry started playing three-hole games after his dad brought him along to a 'come and try day' at BITS.

Now he plays every Saturday, taking part in about 35 competitive rounds and 15 tournaments this year.

Harry favours his three wood and his current handicap for 13 holes is 22. He will move to 18-hole rounds next year with a handicap of 33.

"I'd like to get into B-Grade (handicap down to 19) by the end of 2014," he said.

Undefeated so far in the BITS Golf Club Junior Medal of Medals tournament, Harry is in good form to continue his winning streak on Saturday for the final competition despite strong competition.

There are nine monthly junior medal events a year at BITS Golf Club.

Stephen said although there were usually about 20 golfers at each one, he hoped for a few more.



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