by Liana Turner
THERE aren't a whole lot of youngsters taking to the green on a regular basis at Stanthorpe Golf Club.
But that's not stopping 11-year-old Billy Webb from taking his strong form to the state level.
Billy has only been playing golf since January, but will this month join a five-strong Darling Downs under-12s team in the Queensland titles in Toowoomba.
His grandmother Kay Webb has been playing golf for about two decades and said it was great to see Billy shine on the greens. In recent months, she's seen him take on tournaments near and far.
"He got his handicap in January this year,” she said.
"He went to Tenterfield, B, Moree, Toowoomba and City.”
Since being picked for the Darling Downs team in the April trials, Billy has been ramping up his practise for the state titles.
The junior tournament will be held at City Golf Club in Toowoomba from July 23 to 26.
"He does actually like that golf course he's going to,” Webb said.
Webb said her passion for golf was a big influence on Billy's keenness to take on the sport.
"It's got a bit to do with it and his dad (Glenn Webb) doesn't mind playing occasionally so he's all for it,” she said.
With low junior golfing numbers on the Granite Belt, Webb said it was heartening to see her grandson on the fairways.
She said the top condition of Stanthorpe's golf course didn't hurt.
"It's a real credit to the greenkeeper,” she said.
Billy, who plays each Saturday, has now been heading to the club almost every afternoon.
"Normally I'd just come up here Thursday and Friday but I'm coming up Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” he said.
He has been looking forward to the "joy and fun” of taking part in the upcoming tournament at City, which he felt was a challenging course.
"(I'll enjoy) the experience and hopefully I get in but if I don't it'll be a good experience,” he said.