Plenty of drive behind school?s golf success
By CHRISTIAN STANGER
A STUDENT golf program that spawned teen golf sensation Amy Yang is going great guns since the young golfer famously won the ANZ Ladies Masters a few weeks ago.
Robina High School's golf program co-ordinator Shane Stevenson said he had been fielding emails and phone calls left, right and centre since the 16-year-old hit her way to glory on February 5.
"There has been a lot of interest over the last few weeks, particularly international interest," Mr Stevenson said.
The program was initiated in 1998 and has grown to the point where the school now has facilities including a putting green and a driving range. There also are two specialist programs for "elite" golfers, those with single-figure handicaps, and those in "development" who are still honing their skills.
Mr Stevenson said the course was a mixture of stroke practice, one-on-one coaching and practical activity on the golf course.
"The kids enjoy it and we don't have any problems at all with discipline or etiquette or whatever because they are all involved in club golf anyway.
"But the important thing is they see it as a privilege they have, rather than a right."
MEANWHILE the Queensland Government has responded to teen golfer Amy Yang's resounding win at the Ladies Masters and awarded her a $20,000 scholarship to pay her school fees for the next two years.
The 16-year-old sank a 23foot putt to take out the title at the start of the month and since she wasn't able to claim the prize money of $200,000 due to her amateur status, the State Government are picking up the tab for her international student fees at Robina High School.
Education Minister Rod Welford said the scholarship goes some way towards recognising her achievements as role model for fellow students and aspiring golfers.
"Amy is not only an extremely talented golfer, but she is also a high academic achiever who is well-liked by her fellow students and teachers," he said.
Originally from Korea, Amy is currently enrolled in Year 11. She joined the school in Year 10 last year and has been a full-fee paying international student for the past 14 months.
Amy is one of several international students enrolled in Robina State High School's golf program. A total of 22 students, both local and international, are in the golf program.
"Amy's achievements have put the school on the map in the golfing world," Mr Welford said.