Courtney’s in the swing with her rapid rise
COURTNEY Fuller has been selected in the North Coast team to play in the NSW Combined High Schools Girls Golf Championships.
A team of three will travel to Dubbo for the event on June 24-26 and will compete in team and individual events.
Courtney's selection highlights an enormous improvement in her game throughout the past year.
A year ago she played off a 28 handicap; now she's in single digits.
At just 15, her eight handicap makes her one of the lowest in the Grafton Golf Club's Ladies competition, which she plays in every Saturday morning and on Wednesdays during school holidays.
"Courtney loves playing with the ladies and they have treated her very well since she joined," her father, Jeff Fuller, said.
Originally coached by her dad, lately Courtney has been receiving golf advice and direction from Grafton professional Mark Harvison and current club champion Matthew Worthing.
Harvison has remarked on her rapid rise.
"Courtney has impressed dramatically in the last six months, in particular," Harvison said.
"Her game has come on in leaps and bounds. I think this is partly from her own practice, but also a growth spurt has helped her along.
"She is progressing well and has a very good demeanour on the golf course."
Harvison said Courtney's long game was the best part of her game.
"Her strength is definitely her distance and she also has a very good short game.
"At the moment, she's playing a number of junior tournaments and getting noticed.
"She's a very good prospect and I'm expecting big things from her in the next couple of years."
Courtney and her brother Nick have been regulars in the Sunday morning cadets competition at Grafton Golf Club.
The youngest sibling, Hollie, is a relative newcomer but has burst onto the golfing scene, with net scores as low as six in recent five-hole competitions.
"Hollie is doing exceptionally well," Harvison said.
"She's just a little girl but there's signs of big things and she loves it on the golf course.
"Nick is also going to be a very good golfer."
Courtney is currently selling raffle tickets to help fund her trip to Dubbo.
North Coast is expected to perform strongly at the tournament, with her teammates playing off four and plus-one handicaps.