If you have never heard of Cassie Porter, we guarantee you this year.
The 16-year-old has been gaining ground on the golf circuit for years, with a filling trophy cupboard as proof.
And after successfully defending her NT Amateur title last week and producing a record of 15 top five finishes in 2018, the Peregian Springs member will be in top form when she goes to Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club tomorrow for the Australian Girls & # 39; Championship. .
"It is nice to be in good shape this week and it gives me a little confidence," said the Queensland Academy of Sport athlete
"I was very happy to defend my title (in Alice Springs). I did not emphasize too much about defending and let the outcome be the outcome. I eventually became the winner so that was pretty cool."
With a large number of top five finishes and twice as an amateur in professional events in the last three months, Porter admits that it can be difficult to balance a burgeoning golf career and life as a student of the year 11.
"I haven't been home much in the last three months and have only been in school for three weeks," she said, chuckling.
"But I enjoy playing tournaments fairly close together, because it is easier to keep the form.
"This is my first time to see the course. I have heard that Coolangatta is really good and I look forward to carrying my form for the next two weeks."
From a 10-over-par T41 performance in her first #AusJnr in 2016, to around third and five below last year in Western Australia, Porter recognizes how far she has come at that time.
"I have improved a lot mentally," she said.
"My mental game has become much stronger and I have also become a little bit bigger.
"I am more accurate in greens, my putting is stronger and I feel the changes in my game."
Porter is also excited to represent Queensland in Toowoomba next week in the Junior Interstate Teams Matches of Australia, but says she's only trying to focus on her game this week – and maybe watch out for one of her fiercest rivals, defending champion Maddison Hinson -Tolchard.
The West Australian gun will be another player to see in the 98 women's field.
Playing starts at 7:00 AM (AEST) on Wednesday with live scoring available here.