Travel costs a burden for young golfers

ONE of Queensland's top young golfers says the prohibitive cost of travelling to tournaments around the country means she has to carefully plan her event choices to keep her career on track.

Kilcoy-born Anna Stanton, who turned 18 last month, works part-time at the Palmer Gold Coast course but is also studying for a Bachelor of Business Sport Management degree, as well as trying to keep her golf on an upward curve.

Aside from a two-day tournament at Mt Coolum last month, Anna's last competitive outing was the Greg Norman Junior Masters in December where she finished overall second to Annie Choi.

Since then she's been practising hard on the Gold Coast but has been unable to travel to the southern national ranking tournaments due to the costs involved.

"All the national ranking events have been on and they've been at interstate courses. It costs a fair amount of money to go and play in interstate tournaments and I haven't been able to afford to do that," she said.

"I've been practising a lot and with my job at Palmer Golf I've been saving up to try and make it to the Women's Northern Territory Amateur in June.

"Unless you're in the Queensland Academy of Sport, or are lucky enough to have parents who are able to help pay for these trips away, it's very difficult to get to play in these events because it's expensive."

But rather than complain about missing out on some valuable tournament play the down-to-earth youngster who was raised on a remote Queensland cattle property, simply goes about achieving her goals with the means available to her.

And her goals are not just pipe dreams or wishful thinking. They are documented on a five-year plan that sits proudly on her wall. The plan drives her ambitions, but it also roadmaps her route to success.

"I know where I want to be in the next five years and I have performance goals, outcome goals and process goals that outline what I have to do to achieve what I want to achieve," she said.

"Sometimes it's hard to balance my studies with work and golf, but I'm determined to get onto the tour eventually. That's the ultimate goal of my five-year plan."

Anna also spent some time at the recent Ladies' Masters where she caddied for American Dawn Shockley, and again took many positives from being around the players she aims to compete against in the future.

"It was a really good experience and shows you how good your golf game has to be to make it to the top," she said.

Local businesses or individuals who may be interested in sponsoring one of the Australia's brightest young golf talents should call Palmer Golf Managing Director Angie Ison on 0408 015 248.


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