He is a corker of a golfer that 10-year-old Declan

UP AND COMER: Ten-year-old Declan Corke has made it into the state golf team.
UP AND COMER: Ten-year-old Declan Corke has made it into the state golf team. Michelle Wagner

GLADSTONE golfing prodigy Declan Corke has ticked another box as he swings his way to becoming the youngest player on the Queensland School team.

The 10-year-old finished sixth in the 10-12-year boys competition following two good rounds and a difficult one on Wednesday.

In his second year competing in the state competition he moved up the ladder quickly against 38 other junior golfers.

He started the tournament in Yeppoon with a round of 77 on Monday, 86 on Tuesday and 44 from nine holes on Wednesday.

His father, Derran Corke, said Declan now qualified for Murray Bridge in South Australia for the nationals.

"He loves playing golf and one of his goals was he wanted to make the state team and play well," he said.

On the last day Declan was paired in the last group and his dad said the round with the older boys was good experience for him.

He said his driver was off a little bit as he tried to compete with the longer driving and more senior golfers.

"But he was hitting his irons really well, which was good," Derran said.

The man leading the way for Gladstone, Ryan Stitt, showed his good form, hitting a round of 70 on Tuesday after a sloppy 79 on Monday. He finished with a 78 on Wednesday.

Jayden Bayliss was fairly consistent, hitting a 76 on day one, 75 on day two and an 83 on the last day.

The next competition for our hot-shot golfers is the Gladstone Junior on August 7.

Then Declan will prepare for the Greg Norman Junior Masters in December.

"He's certainly looking forward to practising for that," Derran said.

"He qualified for the masters three weeks ago and that's a big competition on the Gold Coast for under-13s."

Topics:  gladstone gold coast golf junior national south australia yeppoon

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