Dobbelaar is as Dobbelaar does
BROOKWATER Golf Club member Louis Dobbelaar continues to impress on greens in Australia and overseas.
The 16 year-old prodigy recently returned from a six-week tournament tour of the US, recording a number of top 10 finishes in junior and amateur competitions.
It was Dobbelaar's fourth time competing on US soil, traversing much of the West Coast from Chicago in the north to Hilton Head in South Carolina.
The well-spoken teenager admitted it was a luxury few his age get to experience, and as such he made the most of his time away.
"A lot of elite amateurs from Australia travel overseas to test themselves against the really good golfers, and it's been a great opportunity for me,” Dobbelaar said.
"Not many people get to do that, and in the long run it will help my game for sure.
"Every time I travel I try to come away with something new, and learn stuff for the next time.
"It has helped develop me as a person as much as a player.”
His run of good form continued back on home soil, taking a five-stroke victory in the 16/17-years category of the Gary Player Classic at Brisbane's Pacific Golf Club.
Dobbelaar won the same event in the 15-years category last year.
Although admitting he was "all at sea mentally” through the middle stages of the tournament, Dobbelaar drew on his experiences in big events in the US to keep his composure.
"I think having that experience overseas has helped me back here with my mindset going into tournaments,” the QAS scholarship holder said.
"It's about treating each tournament like it's my last, be it a junior event or a pro event.
"Having that consistency is something I've come to appreciate.”
Despite his short game deserting him at times over the 72-hole event, Dobbelaar managed to lean on his stroke play to grind out the win.
"I wasn't converting the putts I would have liked, but I was hitting the ball really well which helped,” he said.
"It shows my game has come a long way over the last 12 months. To be able to get a decent sized win was good, it gives me confidence going into future tournaments.”
Having more than matched it with the best amateurs in Australia and the US, Dobbelaar refuses to get too far ahead of himself.
"No, not on the radar just yet,” he said when asked about turning pro.
" When I can compete with the best, that will tell me if I'm ready or not.