Date: November 14, 2011

Carly’s Career Right on Target

Bryn Kay, Manly Daily, 9 November 2011 Seaforth teenager Carly Beck does not have a prestigious major title to her name, but she has the next best thing. The 19-year-old golf sensation took out the title at the Australian Club Championships in Sydney last month. But perhaps more significant, she beat former British Women’s Amateur Golf Championship winner Edwina Kennedy to claim victory. And the up-and-coming star showed all the hallmarks of a veteran to beat her experienced opponent. Played over two weeks, Beck finished in the top 8 placings among 20-odd women competing the preliminary strokeplay segment of the tournament. From there the Wakehurst Golf Club member knocked out two competitors in matchplay before taking on Kennedy in the final. In a David versus Goliath battle, Beck showed resolve and determination in beating her more fancied rival in the 36-hole marathon event. Down for most of the match, Beck put n a stirring effort to tie with Kennedy on the 29th hole, before winning the 30th and holding her lead until the end. I was really proud of myself to beat her in the end and hang in there, Beck said. It was a really tough match and I learnt a lot from it. She (Kennedy) might be a lot older than me, but she is so mentally tough. It was really good to watch her play and for me to just hold in there and be such a strong fighter. Beck puts her victory on par with coming third in the South African Junior Masters event in March. Having played the game just eight years since her brothers and father introduced her to it as a curious 11-year-old Beck has gone on to cement herself as a potential star of the future. With her victory over Kennedy last month a class-A example, Beck credits her mental strength asa her number one asset on the course. I m a good mental player and I don t let it get to me, she said. Even in stroke play I just get on with it you see how frustrating they (other young female golfers) get and it affects their game.