A natural talent

GOLF: In a game that takes even the world's greatest players years to conquer, Stanthorpe teenager Hannah Reeves has got off to a quicker start than most.
Hannah consistently hits scores most Saturday club golfers could only dream of, with a personal best around Stanthorpe Golf Club of 75 off the stick.
At just 13 years old, Hannah plays off a Golf Link handicap of just 4.4, making her one of the leading golfers at her club.
Despite not having her best game in round 3 of the Stanthorpe Golf Club championships last weekend, the golfing prodigy is still in prime position to win the 2015 tournament.
"I really want to win," Hannah said.
"But my short game was really bad (last weekend) so to do it I'll have to chip and putt much better."
Starting competitive golf just 22 months ago, it didn't take long for Hannah's mum Juliette to realise her daughter was a natural.
"You just can't keep her away from golf," Mrs Reeves said.
"She started on a handicap of 36 and within two years she's got that down to just 4.4"
Hannah's smooth swing and technique allows her to drive the ball 200m, a distance many full-grown men would struggle to hit regularly.
Her favourite players include world number one Rory McIlroy, 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth and female world number one, 17-year-old Lydia Ko.
Hannah practises officially three days per week, before her club round on Saturday and any time she gets a chance in her parents' backyard, where they have constructed a makeshift driving range.
With so much dedication for a girl still settling in to high school, you can't blame her for having dreams of making it big in her chosen sport.
"I want to turn pro one day and would love to be sponsored by Titleist," Hannah said.
However, to make it in professional golf one has to put in hours of hard work and work through the grades.
Hannah's next challenge will be to have a solid showing in the Queensland State Titles at Cairns in July, when she will travel with fellow local junior Dylan Barraclough to represent the Darling Downs.
The juniors will hold their final fundraiser on May 29 with a sold-out trivia night at the Stanthorpe Golf Club.
"It's a great club where everyone works together," Mrs Reeves said.
"This is how good the club and our town are at fundraising."
The final round of the club championships gets under way on Saturday.
 

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