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Loader claims a girls’ state title

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October 06, 2017

Courtney Loader after winning the Victorian Girls Championship Nett Title

RICH RIVER golfer Courtney Loader has produced a brilliant week of golf to win the Girls Nett Championship at the Victorian Boys and Girls Championships last week.

Held at Melbourne’s Yarra Yarra Golf Club, Loader played three brilliant rounds to build a lead going into the final day, and did just enough to hold on for the title which incorporates the player’s handicap.

The 16-year-old was thrilled with what she saw as a surprising result, and her biggest achievement in golf.

‘‘I definitely wasn’t expecting to win, I was just hoping for some good experience and to learn a lot on the course,’’ Loader said.

‘‘It was a very good course, and very difficult but I just tried to learn. I had three really good rounds, and one that wasn’t so good.’’

Loader shot 71, 71, 70 and 82 after her handicap was applied to pinch the two-stroke win, and had a bunch of people to thank for helping her to the strong result.

‘‘Obviously there were a lot of people involved in getting me there,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m with the Bendigo Academy of Sport and they enter us and support us, there were six other kids down there with me and they support us the whole way.

‘‘My parents were there and they were very excited, especially with my Dad being a golf pro.

‘‘My coach Richard Cailfa was also really excited. For me it was more just a great experience, to be down there was just amazing.’’

Still at school, Loader had no exact plans for her golfing future other than to keep enjoying the game.

‘‘I definitely try and play once a week but that’s more practice than anything,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m not too sure (about future plans) but I really enjoy it and the people. The Rich River ladies are absolutely fantastic, they’re very supportive and the reason I’m still going there, I love being out there.’’

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