Teenager to learn from Cam Smith
AS A recipient of the prestigious Cam Smith Scholarship, young Brookwater golfer Louis Dobbelaar will have the opportunity to meet and learn under the man himself when the 17-year-old travels to the US in October.
Dobbelaar and "best mate" Hatton Vale golfer Jed Morgan, will spend a week learning from the 2017 Australian PGA Championship winner.
"My next event is the Victorian Boys Championships which starts on the 24th of this month, then straight after that Jed and I are heading to America for the week to stay with Cam Smith," an excited Dobbelaar confirmed.
"We'll get to practice with him, see how he prepares and trains . . . just watch and learn basically."
Dobbelaar is no stranger to the US, having spent considerable time playing and travelling there over the past few years thanks to his considerable talent on the golf course.
"I look back on the things I've been able to do and the opportunities I've been given, and it's been an unreal journey," he said.
"I'm absolutely grateful for all of the support, especially from mum and dad."
Neither of his parents are avid golfers - Dobbelaar's love is one founded of his own accord.
Having seen first-hand the negative impact some overbearing parents can have on their children, the 17-year-old considered himself lucky to have the unconditional support of his parents.
"There's so many kids out there now in all kinds of sports whose parents are constantly in their ear," he said. "At the end of the day if the golfer doesn't want to play, I don't see the point.
"That's the best thing about the way I've come up. Mum and dad have supported me, but they've let me have my own journey. As a result, I think it's made me a lot more independent in a way."
Both of his parents were on hand at Gailes Golf Club on his birthday when Dobbelaar won his first Queensland Amateur Men's Championship.
"I've never had them both there for a win, it was a really special moment," he said.