ST Stephen’s School Year 10 student Kirsten Rudgeley is a national golf champion after winning the School Sport Australia strokeplay in Adelaide recently.
The Carramar student, who has had a golf club in her hands since the age of four, beat a field of 40 competitors from around Australia to claim the title.
“It was so exciting to see my name at the top of the leader board,” she said.
“To claim the national title is a great accomplishment and a goal I’ve worked towards for many years.”
The WA junior and women’s state teams member completed the 36-hole round, one-day competition with 73 shots in the morning – a course record – to be one stroke up at lunch.
She held on to the lead with a 77 in the afternoon session, which was enough to finish two strokes ahead of second place.
Kirsten dedicated her +1 handicap to her dad Paul, who spends many hours helping to perfect her game.
She hopes to represent Australia in the near future and at the Olympics.