Young golfer Steele ready to take on world
BRANDON Steele is a quiet and modest golfer, playing simply for the enjoyment he gets out of the game.
But the mood is getting more and more serious for Steele, having just qualified for the Aaron Baddeley International Invitational to be played in Melbourne in October.
It is a huge achievement for the Gladstone golfer, winning the opportunity with a first place at Yeppoon to open 2015.
"I played bad the first day and had 86, then played well the second day and had 75," the 16-year-old said.
"It's equal to my best round."
The invitation is a reward for the last six months of hard work for Steele, who has drastically improved his golf under the direction of Gladstone professional Alison Munt.
He hits the practice range up to five times a week, the equivalent of close to 1000 practice balls a week.
"I originally started in nine holes and got to 36 for 18 holes halfway through last year and now I'm off 11," he said.
Golf has been a big change for Steele, who started playing only because he needed to take a season off rugby league.
He made the right call picking the sport, but his parents might be thinking otherwise.
"We were going to New Zealand for holidays but we cancelled that," he laughed.
"I'm going to this instead now."
The quick improvement, change of plans and success are not getting to Steele's state of mind.
Instead, he is looking at the immediate things he can do to improve, which a new job might help.
"I have an apprenticeship as a mechanical fitter at NRG," he said. "The hours will be 7-3, so I can practise in the afternoons."