SHE puts it down to ‘staying in the bubble’. Her mum says she’s ‘focused’. But there must be more to it than that. No 15-year-old in recent history has accomplished the things that Peregian’s Cassie Porter has done in the past month. It culminated yesterday when Cassie strolled around the Noosa Springs golf course, carding a………….
Three-under-par 69 with seemingly little effort to run away with this year’s Invincibles Sunshine Coast Junior Masters.
The event – the season-ending tournament for the Invincibles Tour – is played on successive days at Twin Waters, Pelican Waters, Peregian and Noosa Springs. Cassie turned in rounds of 74 (in heavy winds), 66, 68 and 69 for a 72-hole total of 11-under par 277. And she’s just turned 15. Runner-up Lion Hugo of Emerald Lakes, who shot a brilliant 68 yesterday, was a distant 19 shots behind.
In the past month Cassie has been Queensland Amateur Champion of Champions at Pacific Harbour, won the Maroochy River Junior Open, and came with a whirlwind finish to win the Katherine Kirk Classic – also at Maroochy River.
This was Cassie’s second successive Junior Masters victory. But this year her score was 21 shots better than in 2016.
“I was sort of playing three-quarter good,” Cassie explained. “I’d play three good rounds, then put in a
bad one. “But lately something has clicked and I seem to have eliminated the bad quarter,” she said
Proud mum Di said Cassie’s strength was her focus and concentration. She said she had the same attitude to her school work.
The Porters are a sporty family. Cassie’s two older brothers are talented golfers and her dad John is a tennis pro.
Cassie’s ambitions are as simple as they are lofty. She wants to be the No 1 golfer in the world – something she’s dreamed of since she started playing golf at the age of nine. First, though, she wants to cement her place in the top five female amateurs in Australia.
It was much tighter in the boys’ division of the Junior Masters, with 16-year-old George Giblett, of Noosa, winning on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.
George, who is a comparative newcomer to the game, should have won earlier. He missed putts of less than a metre on the 17th and 18th holes, admitting that nerves had gotten the better of him.
George shot rounds of 76, 77, 72 and 73 – a remarkable effort for a lad with a handicap of four – to beat Brookwater’s Ben Stieler (78, 75, 74, 71).
Pelican Waters’ Bailey Arnott (77, 75, 74, 73) narrowly missed a putt on the 18th green which would have allowed him to join the playoff.
Invincibles founder and president Graeme Miller said he was thrilled with the performance of the 28 outstanding young golfers who competed, and particularly touched that Cassie Porter had chosen to defend her title rather than compete in a major Victorian tournament.
Article by Peter Owen