RISING STAR: Blaike Perkins, 12, has been chosen to represent Queensland for the State of Origin QLD v NSW at the Gold Coast from January 17-19. Contributed
RISING STAR: Blaike Perkins, 12, has been chosen to represent Queensland for the State of Origin QLD v NSW at the Gold Coast from January 17-19. Contributed NICK KOSSATCH

Iron-willed Blaike on course for golf greatness

LOCAL junior golf star Blaike Perkins is on par for greener pastures after his self-described shock selection in the Queensland v New South Wales State of Origin tournament from January 17 to 19.

The 12-year-old from the Calliope Junior Golf Club had a strong campaign at the Norman Junior Masters at Palmer Colonial and Palmer Gold Coast courses on the Gold Coast earlier this month.

He shot scores of 80, 82 on the first three days where he made the cut in sixth position and was in the top two groups for the final day.

Despite not feeling the best on day four, Perkins carded an 88, but finished equal seventh in the 13-and-under division.

I surely felt much better after receiving the good news at the end of that tournament.

"I didn't know I was going to be picked and when I handed in my score-card, the lady told me that I was picked and that was kind of cool," Perkins said.

It is not a bad outcome for a player who was playing a sport with similar hand-eye co-ordination.

"I used to play cricket and didn't really like it that much, so I took up golf and found that I was a bit of a natural at it," Perkins explained.

"I have played 18-hole rounds for two years."

While he was surprised of his state team selection, it is not a shock really given the heavy workload he has.

"I practice Tuesday to Fridays and play 18-holes during most weekends on both days and they are mostly competitions," Perkins added.

He also finished outright third in his age group in the Australian National 12-and-under School Sports Golf Championships in Newcastle back in early November.

Perkins' coached by his father Scott and Dion Hayne and said to get on the professional circuit is his aim.

The tournament caters for age groups from boys and girls from 17 years through to 12 years and Perkins is the only Gladstone-based golfer who will be playing.


BLAIKE ON PAR

  • AGE: 12
  • CLUB: Calliope Golf Club
  • GNJM: Equal 7th in age group
  • NEWCASTLE EVENT: Outright 3rd in age group


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