Sport

Tweed golfer Rebecca Kay is eighth best junior in Oz

Rising golf star Rebecca Kay with Rachel Hetherington at the driving range.
Rising golf star Rebecca Kay with Rachel Hetherington at the driving range. John Gass

BATTLING heat, an unfamiliar environment and strong competition, 13-year-old Tweed Heads/Coolangatta Club golfer Rebecca Kay triumphed at the recent South Australian Junior Amateur Championships.

Rebecca's outstanding result has catapulted her to eighth spot in the Australian junior rankings, a position she is bound to surpass as long as the motivation lasts.

However, a lack of motivation is certainly not an issue at the moment.

Rebecca said she practises every day for as long as possible.

"I started playing about four years ago and now play as much as possible every day," Rebecca said.

Clearly a proud father, Scott Kay said he daughter started playing full rounds of golf at a young age.

"Rebecca started playing 18 holes when she was just 10 years old," Mr Kay said.

Having recognised her talent Rebecca's school Palm Beach/Currumbin State High established a golf program especially for Rebecca.

Rebecca also practises at the Rachel Hetherington Driving Range at Piggabeen where golf legend Rachel Hetherington has been keeping an eye on the developing young star.

Rachel said she started playing when she was quite a bit older than Rebecca.

"I didn't start playing until I was 14.

"Rebecca has done remarkably well for such a young age.

"I really think that, where Rebecca's future is concerned, the sky is the limit.

Rachel's husband former cricket star Greg Ritchie, who runs the Piggabeen driving range with his wife, said most people hadn't recognised how talented Rebecca really was.

"We haven't had much to do with Rebecca's success so far but she has been practising here quite a bit.

"People don't realise how much talent she possesses and how special she really is," Mr Ritchie said.



Surfer's shark tale: 'That's when it's come straight at me'

Pictured at Kingscliff this morning Rodney Clark has survived a Great White encounter.

"I lost sight of my son because a wave hit him"

Sleeping rough for Fred's Place

ALL RUGGED UP: From left, Lenny McLennan, Jason McDonald, Gerard Robinson, Gordon Rhodes and Stuart Burrows prepare for Fred's Place Sleep Out.

Tweed locals show support for homeless by sleeping outside in boxes.

Latest deals and offers

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Kristen Bell's baby confession

Kristen Bell once pretended to be asleep when her baby woke up early

Babylon 5's Jerry Doyle has died

Jerry Doyle has died from unknown causes at the age of 60

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started