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Early gift for stars at Ipswich Junior Christmas Classic

Action from the Ipswich Junior Christmas Classic held at Sandy Gallop.
Action from the Ipswich Junior Christmas Classic held at Sandy Gallop. Rob Williams

IPSWICH'S two leading junior golfers again proved yesterday why they are just that.

Tahlia Condon (75) and Matthew Frohmuller (70) took out the Sandy Gallop Golf Club Ipswich Junior Christmas Classic gross titles.

For Frohmuller, it was his second successive title while it was Condon's first, having won the nett title last year.

It was no easy Sunday afternoon stroll for either, as they had to overcome high quality opposition from around south east Queensland.

Condon beat last year's gross champion and Queensland team member Sam Foley (77), from the Gold Coast's Royal Pines Golf Club, to claim the title.

It was the best ladies gross score in the three years since the Sandy Gallop course was renovated.

But Condon was far from ecstatic with her round, knowing there was plenty of room for improvement. "Out of 10, it was probably an eight," the Brassall 15-year-old said.

Probably my long game (was lacking). My short game was good but I wasn't hitting too straight.

It is a mark of the 15-year-old's maturity and development that she was able to iron out the kinks by the end of her round. "I figured it out by the end of it," she said. "I was just pulling around my body."

The wins cap a memorable year for the two youngsters.

Frohmuller recently earned Queensland state selection while Condon added yesterday's title to the Sandy Gallop Ladies Club Championship, mixed foursome and ladies foursome titles she had previously claimed in 2012.

While Condon beat Foley yesterday, she still considers herself short of the standard required to represent her state.

The level-headed teen's goal for 2013 is not to win trophies or make representative teams.

She knows that will come as a result of focusing on things she can control. "Probably to stay consistent and get a drop in my handicap (8.7)," she said of her aim over the next 12 months.

"Maybe to low single figures."

Condon knows only hard work will get her there and admits as she gets older, it is getting tougher to commit the time.

She is determined though and believes practising smarter will be the key. "I'll probably keep more stats and work on what I need to," she said.

Putting is not the strongest part of my game.

Topics:  sandy gallop golf club, tahlia condon



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