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By Ben Triandafillou JUNIOR golfer Aidan McDonagh picked up the golf bug just under two years ago and now has a junior club championship to his name. The 15-year-old, who currently holds an 11.8 handicap, said he got hooked on the sport after going for a couple of rounds of golf with his father and a few friends from school and hasn’t looked back since. Last month McDonagh won the junior club championships at Mornington, carding rounds of 89 and 84 to win by two shots over Tom Matthew. McDonagh said he was ecstatic with the results having also finished in seventh place in the Men’s B-grade club championships. “I didn’t really think I had a chance after my first round in the juniors but I was able to turn it around in the afternoon,” he said. “I’m really happy with how I went.” He has had a year to remember having won his first nett event at Long Island in January as well as winning the Peninsula Division Pennant earlier this year. Over the last few weeks, McDonagh teamed up with a Mornington junior’s team to compete in the metropolitan level Golf Victoria Junior Pennant competition where they made it through to the semi-

finals. After putting together a string of wins, the team suffered their first loss and were defeated by Essendon on Saturday 9 December. It wasn’t long before McDonagh was back out on the golf course as he entered into a team’s event at Long Island two days later where his team finished runners-up. McDonagh, who trains five times per week, has a couple of upcoming tournaments but said he has his eyes set on the Victorian Junior Masters in January next year. “I will need to drop my handicap to below 10 so I will play as much as I can and practise a few things in my game so I can hopefully make it into the tournament,” he said. “I’ll probably work on my wedge from 50-80 metres from the hole and then probably my mentality and work on keeping a positive attitude as I go through the course.” The Victorian Junior Masters has been a great stepping stone for future golfing stars with the likes of Adam Scott (runners-up), Marc Leishmann and Jason Day all on the honour roll.

Top shots: Runner-up Tom Matthews, left, with junior club champion Aidan McDonagh. Picture: Supplied

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