Golf’s promising junior
by Ann van Engelen
Weedons Golf Club member, Deanna Matthews has won the Canterbury Golf’s Most Promising Junior Girl of the Year Award.
“Deanna has just turned 13 and joined the Weedons club in 2016. At the time she was on a 22 handicap, under the tuition of coach Wayne Davies. She has become an accomplished golfer playing off a 4.3 handicap,” says the club’s children’s facilitator Margaret Langan.
“She took out the Women’s Silver Club Championship title this year, a competition she came runner-up last year. In the final over 36 holes, Deanna shot 76 in the morning round before going on to win the match 7/5 over her opponent. That trophy is proudly on display next to the Avondale Women’s Open trophy that she won earlier this year.
“Her dad Alistair is a huge support and takes Deanna to her practice sessions and to all her games. She is our number one player in the Weedons weekend interclub team and also competes in all the women’s weekend open competitions and represents the club in the Pollock Cup. Having someone of this age doing so well, especially from a country club is incredible that is how good she is, she has really flourished since joining Weedons.
“We are very proud of her. She is extremely dedicated. Most people don’t take up golf until later in life, but Deanna showed an interest at an early age. She definitely deserves this award. She trains and practises really hard, and it is good to see her reaping the rewards of all her efforts. She started playing golf at five years old, and her current handicap is 5.4.”