Sweet rewards for successful young golfers

25 May 2016

Three teenage golfers have secured the trip of a lifetime and professional coaching as winners of the 2016 Mayor’s Junior Golf Development Scholarship.

The trio has won Emirates flights to watch the 2016 Open Championship in Scotland, a visit to the airline’s global hub of Dubai, a round at the famous Royal Troon and three months mentoring from the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Australia. 

The winners are: Trent Rhodes of Nerang, Conor Bronson and Riley Todd, both from Hope Island.

Mayor Tom Tate said the three were selected on their golfing talent and leadership.

"I look forward to seeing these teenagers off on their journey and know they will do the Gold Coast proud as young ambassadors for our city," he said.  

"This scholarship is one of the ways we’re working towards developing sporting talent as part of our Sport Plan. It’s talent like this that will help grow our reputation as a sporting capital.”

The winners will undertake six weeks private mentoring with PGA Professional and Chairman Mark Gibson, who will assist in areas such as time management, practice relevance and tournament preparation.

“There are many differences between successful players and other players in every elite sport.  Any time a young player can learn shortcuts to success without the pitfall of learning by making mistakes is a bonus. This opportunity offers that to these young aspiring golfers,” said Mr Gibson.   

“The proof of the scholarship benefits is that one of last year’s recipients went on to win the Greg Norman Junior Masters.”

Emirates Regional Manager for Queensland, Leonie Brennan, said the airline was pleased to congratulate the three deserving winners and help bring them closer to achieving their dreams.

“As the number one supporter of golf in Australia, Emirates is proud to be able to help connect people to their passions and offer these winners the opportunity to visit the European Tour Performance Institute in Dubai as part of their prize,” Ms Brennan said.

“Through the Mayor’s Scholarship we see a unique opportunity to help young golfers fulfil their potential, live their dreams and see them on their way to become tomorrow’s champions. We congratulate Trent, Riley and Conor on their achievement and look forward to following their progress in the future.”

The winners will depart for the UK in July. The scholarship is proudly supported by the Australian PGA and Emirates.

Winner details

  1. Trent Rhodes, aged 17, from Nerang.  A member of RACV Royal Pines Resort, where he is also Club Champion. Trent works at Royal Pines and wants to pursue golf professionally. 
  2. Conor Bronson, aged 16, from Hope Island and Year 11 student at Coomera Anglican College.   A member of Sanctuary Cove Golf Club; Recipient of the Long Tan Youth Leadership Award; winner of a part scholarship through Titleist and Junior Golf Queensland Rising Star’s Program. Conor hopes to make golf a full-time career. 
  3. Riley Todd, aged 16, from Hope Island and Year 12 student at Coomera Anglican College. A member of Gold Coast Burleigh Golf Club and its pennant team. Riley plans to study engineering and sports technology at university next year.


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