4th November 2016
Corey Wins Nationals
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Championships
18 - 21 October, 2016
Nagle College Year 10 student Corey Hardy recently competed in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Golf Championships in Brisbane. The 72 hole Championship, with a field of 84 men and featuring top quality golfers from around the country, was played at two courses: Nudgee Golf Club and Virginia Golf Club.
At the end of the third round, after posting scores of 79, 82 and 77 Corey went in leading the final round. Returning to Nudgee Golf Club after the previous two days play at Virginia, Corey had to quickly adjust his game for the day's play and the slower greens.
With a handicap of four, Corey triumphantly finished his round with 83 and won overall with a one stroke lead and emerged as the 2016 National Champion. Although Corey hoped he would play well and finish in the top 10, his win far exceeded his expectations, a fantastic achievement as it was the first time he had played in the Championships. As a result of his win, Corey has received a place to join the field in the 2017 Australian Amateur Championships.
Corey has expressed his appreciation to Nagle College, particularly Mrs Tania Holmes who took him to the Championships, and his fellow club members at South Pines Golf Club for their moral support and their contribution to his fundraising activities which helped with his expenses to Brisbane. Corey was also sponsored by Brett Wyllie from the East Gippsland Police Citizens Youth Club who has been conducting a rapidly growing Junior Golf Program at South Pines GC since 2010.
Corey was thrilled to return home to his family. He attributes his success to their dedication and commitment to help him realise his dreams with his golfing career.
Mrs Tania Holmes, Aboriginal Coordinator, Nagle College (and South Pines Golf Club Junior Committee Member)