Louis 'better for the experience'
BROOKWATER Golf prodigy Louis Dobbelaar has capped off a remarkable year on the greens by being named Junior Golf Queensland Player of the Year.
The 16-year-old has made a name for himself in Australian golfing circles, with a number of youth and amateur titles already under his belt.
The latest honour awarded to him by the Junior Golf Queensland Foundation is just another feather in the well-spoken youngster's cap, and one he is proud to have received.
"They said it was judged off outstanding achievement and results over the year,” the 2016 City of Ipswich Sports Excellence Award recipient said.
"All up it's been a pretty good year, I've played some good golf and I think physically and mentally I've come a long way.
"All the one-percenters are starting to add up.”
Recently returned from a fifth-place finish at the New Zealand Amateur, Dobbelaar was back on the greens this week braving the wet weather in preparation for a second trip to the US inside six months.
The three-week tour includes playing appearances at the Aaron Baddeley International and South Beach International - the former of which Dobbelaar won the 15-years division in 2016.
By his own lofty standards, Dobbelaar did not perform as he would have liked at the Queensland Open and NZ Amateur.
But the 2017 Ipswich Junior Sportsperson of the Year nominee said he was better for the experience.
"At the Queensland Open I missed the cut by two, I didn't play too bad but it was a bit of an off week for me,” Dobbelaar said.
"I headed to New Zealand straight after that and I finished tied-fifth in the stroke play and made it to the quarter finals.
"I thought I played a lot better over there, the field was a lot stronger (than the previous year when Dobbelaar won the event).
"It sucks when you don't reach where you want to be, but I'm thankful to have had the experience to play at those kinds of events.
"To compete against those guys, and to see how different their game is to the amateurs just gives you so much respect for the guys able to perform well every week.”
The Springfield Anglican College student finishes his school year this week, before jetting off for the US on November 31 and returning on Christmas day.
"It comes down to my parents, I've had their ongoing support forever and I can't be more thankful for that,” Dobbelaar said.
"It's awesome to be able to do what I love on a day to day basis, and use it to travel at the same time.
"I'm looking forward to getting back to the US.”