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Kids World Golf comp next stop for Brookwater prodigy

Golf player Louis Dobbelaar, 11, of Brookwater.
Golf player Louis Dobbelaar, 11, of Brookwater. David Nielsen

HE HAS been labelled as potentially the next Adam Scott.

And few could argue Brookwater 11-year-old Louis Dobbelaar doesn't have the talent to achieve great things in golf.

The St John's Anglican College grade seven student has just come off a personal best at Oxley Golf Club at the weekend, firing a round of 78.

The seven handicapper's previous best was 83 on the par 72 course.

Not long before that he claimed the Oxley Golf Club junior title for the second time

Louis' confidence has been boosted from a recent trip to the US, where he entered a tournament in Tampa Bay, Florida, and finished second in his age group.

That was despite many of his rivals having their coaches acting as caddies.

As for Louis - he had his mum on his bags.

"It was really fun," he said of his time in the US.

"I had no expectations.

"I didn't have a caddy or coach like all the other kids."

With no weight of expectation, Louis produced some of his best form.

"I didn't really try to win it," he said. "It gave me a big boost in confidence. I never thought I'd be in the top group."

Louis will take that confidence with him when he returns to the US in August for the Kids World Golf Championships at Pinehurst, North Carolina.

This time he will go over with some definite goals.

"I want to try to come in the top five," he said.

"I'll have to train hard."

That he will is not in doubt.

Every day after school is spent at the nearby Brookwater Golf Club, working on his game.

No one has to prompt him and Louis is no product of pushy parents. Neither mum nor dad are golfers.

Louis only took up the sport three years ago but it was immediately clear he found his calling.

Mum Allison's greatest concern is he retains a level head through his successes.

So far she has little to worry about, with Louis retaining a sound perspective on his talent.

"I need to keep focus when I'm playing," he said.

"Sometimes I can lose focus.

"It depends how I'm playing.

"I just try to clam myself down and think about what I'm going to do next."

His trip to the US in August aside, Louis' other big goal for 2013 is to reduce his handicap from seven to three.

To get there he thinks his approaches to the greens are what needs the most work.

"Getting it close to have a chance at birdie," he said.

Louis was a keen observer as Adam Scott claimed the US Masters championship earlier this month.

And while he is a fan of his fellow Australian, he still rates Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as he main men to beat in world golf.

"It was good to see an Australian win," he said.

Brookwater-based golf coach Ian Triggs, who has mentored the likes of Karrie Webb and John Senden, has labelled Louis potentially the next Adam Scott.

While it was his talent Triggs was referring to, it could just as well be for his good manners and humility.

 

Louis Dobbelaar

  • Favourite club: I like my lob wedge, around the greens when I'm chipping.
  • Least favourite club: Probably the putter but I'm trying to work on that
  • Pre-competition meal: Carbohydrates. Probably spaghetti.
  • Favourite TV show: Family Guy.
  • What is the one thing you would take with you if you were stranded on a desert island? A supermarket. It would have everything you need.
  • Best advice: Just train hard and don't lose focus.

Topics:  brookwater golf club, kids world golf championships, louis dobbelaar


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