Date: April 08, 2013
Author: Golf Australia / Golf Queensland

Queensland’s Badhwar wins Byron Nelson award

Australia National Junior Squad member, Queensland State player and QAS squad member, Viraat Badhwar is one of four players selected to receive the Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Award.

The 17-year-old will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Dallas, Texas in May to attend the awards ceremony and attend the prestigious HP Byron Nelson Championship.

The Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Awards program was created in 2008 to continue the late Nelson's legacy of mentoring young golfers. The award is positioned to honour his belief that character, sportsmanship and competitive ability are integral to overall success.

The award is presented annually to top-ranked juniors worldwide. In addition to golf successes, the selections are based on community involvement, academic achievement and character exhibited in everyday life.

Badhwar is ranked in first place on the Boys' Australian Amateur Ranking System and holds a long list of golfing accomplishments including winning the 2013 Australian Master of the Amateurs, the 2012 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup, Tasmanian Junior Masters and Gary Player Classic.

Golf Queensland's Golf Operation's Manager Luke Bates congratulated Badhwar on the selection.

"Golf Queensland was thrilled to hear the news that Viraat was selected as one of four to receive the Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Award," Mr Bates said.

"Viraat is a very deserving recipient. He showed a lot of character in 2012 by excelling both on and off the golf course and setting a great example to all other junior golfers."

Badhwar achieved an OP1 in Year 12 and has signed a National Letter of Intent to study at Stanford University through a scholarship in September 2013.

Apart from his academic and golfing achievements, Badhwar also displays exceptional traits of patience, respect, honesty, integrity and responsibility.