Greg Norman had a single figure handicap in his teens, so does 15-year-old golfer Kodie Koski.
The Caloundra Golf Club teenager, with a handicap of three, most recently won the Sunshine Coast Junior Pennant’s Player of the Year award.
Over four months at the beginning of the year, Kodie won 10 from 10 rounds to become the only player undefeated over the season.
In January this year, Kodie became the Sunshine Coast Invincibles Match Play champion, winning his way through a series of knock out rounds.
In December last year, Kodie competed in the 2011 Queensland Schoolboys Championship to become the fifth best player in Queensland for his age group.
Kodie’s first major competition was in April this year when he competed at the Australian Boys’ Amateur Championship.
Kodie, who was up against people a few years older than him, said he did not do particularly well but could not put a price on the experience.
“You had to be a certain handicap to be involved,” he said.
“I didn’t do the best, but it was a really good experience for the future.”
In a recent club competition in Caloundra, Kodie hit his very first hole in one, a feat that this golfer will never forget.
Kodie’s ultimate goal one day is to play in the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) tour and has the determination and drive to get there.
In June this year, Golf Queensland will make selections for the junior Queensland state squad and Kodie hopes he will make the cut.
Kodie said that he looks up to his golfing hero Tiger Woods.
“Only for his skills on the green,” he laughed.
Another motivation in Kodie’s life is his dad and Caloundra junior manager, Marcus Koski.
Mr Koski said that he has been helping Kodie develop his skills since he was about 11.
“You can just tell straight away when kids have natural talent,” he said.
“I’ll be giving Kodie all of my support and helping him to play in all of the junior events.
“All my support will be there so that hopefully he can fulfil his dreams one day.”
By Kate Syson