Age no barrier for 15yo Sam

TEENAGER Sam Broom swept the field at the CQ Open, writing himself into the record books in the process.

The youngest winner of the event at 15 years of age, Broom could be destined for bigger courses than those he's tearing up at present in Central Queensland.

On Saturday he carved out a two-under par 68 at the event at the Gladstone Golf Course, and backed up on Sunday with a 74, eight shots ahead of runner-up Trevor Johns.

“I was happy with the score but today (Sunday) was a bit of a struggle; I couldn't putt,” he said.

Broom, a golfer for the past three years, and a member of the Gracemere Golf Club, took an instant shine to the game after picking the clubs up for a social match.

“I like the challenges and the feeling when you hit a good shot,” he said.

The first major win for Broom comes on the heels of a win a fortnight ago in a men's open, and he's no stranger to success on the Gladstone course, taking out the Gladstone Junior Open in early August.

“You need to hit good irons here to get on the green and have an easy putt, and for my age I hit them long, and pretty straight,” Broom said.

He has ambitions of making it to the pros, and given his ascension, Broom has the necessary dedication.

As well as a weekly session with coach Jeffrey Hoy, Broom hits balls for hours every weekday, before and after school.

“It's probably about 300 balls a day,” he said.

Forty-six golfers played in the CQ Open, with 18 from the wider district. Gladstone Golf Club president Dominic Glenister said the standard of golf played over the two days was excellent.

“I played alongside Sam on Saturday and it was great to sit there and watch someone hit a perfect ball, left right and centre,” he said.

“The world's his oyster at the moment.”



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