Dirranbandi teenager chases dream of going pro
Golf: Picking up his first golf club at only three years old, Cory McLean has hit a hole-in-one by making the southeast junior Queensland team.
Now 19, McLean grew up watching his dad on the golf course and after taking out top junior golfer at the age of seven, he's been chasing his dream of going pro ever since.
"It feels really good to make the junior golf team,” he said.
"It shows that hard work pays off, I practice every day and strive to get even better.
"My dad took me to golf as a young child and I grew up watching him and have been for many years now, it feels good to finally be better than him even though he doesn't like it.
"I am at the golf course every day of the week and play nine holes of an afternoon and 56 holes on the weekend, trying to fit in as much golf as I can.”
McLean said while he dreamed of turning professional and playing on golf courses all over the world by the time he was 28, Dirranbandi Golf Club would always hold fond memories.
"One of my favourite golfing achievements is getting my name up on Dirranbandi honour board for winning the B-grade championship when I was 12 and beating all the older guys,” he said.
"Dirranbandi golf has helped me through my journey of golf and the well-mannered and welcoming members makes for a great experience while playing golf, the community is awesome and it's one of the best clubs I've been to.”
With a current handicap of three, McLean aims to get down to scratch by the end of the year and follow in his idol's footsteps.
"My idol is definitely Tiger Woods for his amazing comeback and injuries that he has overcome,” he said.
"For modern-day golf I love watching Jordan Speith and Justin Thomas because they are only five or six years older than me so I strive to be as good as them one day.”