16-year-old Kyle Michel first picked up a golf club at the age of two and his beloved game lead him to represent Victoria at the School Sports Australia Championships in Perth.By Riahn Smith
Kyle Michel has his dad to thank for introducing him to golf.
Simon Michel was a keen golfer who had his son out on the green as soon as he could walk.
Kyle was two years old and a family friend had cut an adult club down to a size fit for a toddler. The 16-year-old said he hadn’t been able to keep away since.
‘‘It’s just the enjoyment — people that... will come out and just want to have a game, they don’t really worry about how they’re playing, they just have a chat and have a laugh— it’s that kind of thing,’’ he said.
Fourteen years later, Kyle was selected to represent Victoria at the School Sports Australia Championships in Perth — his proudest achievement yet.
‘‘It was a really good experience,’’ he said.
‘‘I was really happy because I wasn’t really expecting it . . . I didn’t play that well in the state final (prior to selection).’’
Kyle puts his success down to hard work and a great coach in local golf professional David Trower.
‘‘He was the coach when I first started when I was two so he’s always been my coach. He keeps it pretty simple. He doesn’t get too technical with anything,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve always been together so it’s... easy for him to tell me what to do and what I’m doing wrong.’’
When Kyle found out he had been awarded a Local Sporting Champions grant for all that hard work, he didn’t even know he had been in the running.
‘‘I got a letter back in August just out of the blue, I didn’t expect it at all,’’ he said.
‘‘Mum didn’t even tell me she’d put an application in for it. It just arrived in the mail that I got a $500 grant.
‘‘I was pretty happy.’’
He said it was nice to know that his family would be offered some extra help, particularly his dad who laughingly describes himself as ‘‘a taxi service’’.
Now Kyle’s focus is aimed firmly on making a mark on the world golf rankings and making the state team for a second year in a row.
‘‘I want to become a professional, so that’s just a lot of practising and going through a lot of the state squad systems... to improve my game,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve moved up into the proper under-18 state squad now, which is a squad of 12 and they pick eight to play in... Perth next year.
‘‘If I practise hard enough it’ll come through for me.’’
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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