Young golfer seems Taylor-made for success
FAST-RISING Riley Taylor is undaunted by the prospect of facing some of the best young golfing talent in New South Wales and Queensland.
The 14-year-old, who is himself developing a reputation as a potential future star of the sport, will represent North Coast at the forthcoming Clubs NSW Academy Games in Illawarra.
He will go into the event boosted by his latest sparkling performance at last weekend's Lismore Workers Golf Club Easter Open, where he took junior honours.
Dedicated Riley, who has reduced his handicap from 12 to one during the past year, is excited about taking his place at the Games.
"I am looking forward to it," he said.
"If I can hit the ball well I should go all right.
"I am pretty excited about it."
Casino High School student Riley earned his berth in the squad after impressing selectors with his developing skills.
The North Coast golfers will take on teams from metropolitan Sydney, the Gold Coast and other areas of NSW at the three-day event.
The golf tournament will take place at three courses across Illawarra.
It is one of several sporting events included in the Games, which run from April 19-21, showcasing the best young sports talent in NSW and Queensland.
Riley's latest success came last weekend with a win in the 36-hole junior championship at the Lismore event.
A score of 146 gave him a four-shot victory.
Golf-mad Riley, who practises daily and even has a job helping maintain his home club at Casino, took up the sport as a two-year-old.
Although he admits he has his down moments, he remains hooked on the sport and keen to progress.
"I have no idea why," he said. "Sometimes it can be so frustrating.
"My strengths are my chipping and putting.
If I can build on these, I think I will improve even more."
Riley and the region's top young juniors will also be in action at next Sunday's Northern Rivers District Golf Association Junior Golf Open Day at Ballina.
Anyone who can offer Riley sponsorship should contact the Club Pro Shop on 6662 4047.