World champion is in our midst
Golf: To be the best you have to beat the best and Stanthorpe rising star Hannah Reeves did just that to be crowned a world junior golf champion.
Only five years into her golfing career, Hannah is on top of the world. She hit the course from June 5-8 in Jakarta for the Himbara World Junior Golf Tournament and, despite entering determined to finish in the top 10, she claimed the lot in the girls' 16/17 years age group.
She's come a long way in a short time. A few years ago she was just hitting balls in the backyard with dad Rob Reeves, before she was accepted into the prestigious Hills Golf Academy.
The golfing school knows how to churn out champions, with former world No1 Jason Day a past student. They can now add Hannah to that list.
"At Hills Golf Academy, you have a choice which tournaments you would like to compete in and my coaches guide me as to which events would be best for me,” Hannah said.
"The heat in Jakarta is something I was not used to, the humidity was unbelievable, and was an extra thing to deal with.
"This was an elite junior international golf tournament with players from countries all over the world such as South Africa, Malaysia, China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Pakistan to name a few.
"I finished the tournament in second place overall and won the 16/17 years age group by two shots, finishing the 54-hole tournament at one under par.
"I knew of a few girls that I was competing against and knew that this was going to be a tough competition.
"Initially I was hoping I could finish in the top 10, so I was really happy to win my age group,” she said.
She boarded the plane confident she'd done all she could in the lead-up and was pleased she retained focus across all 54 holes.
"I knew I had done all I could do in relation to my preparation as I train most days - morning and afternoon - and was confident with my game.
"Golf is not all about your physical game: It also involves a lot a mental preparation and focus too.
"I went into the competition expecting to play some solid rounds so I was really pleased to play well and then hold it all together under pressure in the final round.”
Close by and helping her through was mum Juliette.
"Mum and Dad have done so much to help me with my golf and, having mum there with me in Jakarta, was something I won't forget.
"I would like to thank all the people in Stanthorpe who have sent messages to me congratulating me and supporting me to this point.”
Her next task will be the Queensland Junior Championships at Bargara in July, before she returns to Stanthorpe for the school holidays.