Murray Bridge born and raised golfing prodigy headed for world championships in the United States next month

CHAMPION: Armani Marsters will travel to the US next month to compete in the 2018 US Kids World golf championships. Photo: Emma Zirkel
CHAMPION: Armani Marsters will travel to the US next month to compete in the 2018 US Kids World golf championships. Photo: Emma Zirkel

With a determined glance and unwavering focus, 12 year-old golfing prodigy Armarni Marsters tees off at the Murray Bridge golf course.

Despite the windy conditions on the wintry afternoon, the year seven student at South Primary School remains unfazed – her gaze is on where the ball will come to land at the other end of the fairway. 

Despite her age, and with only a year and a half of experience behind her, Miss Marsters carries a swing which packs a punch, indicating why she has been met with great success throughout her short career. 

Next month, the then teenager, will head off to the US where she will compete in the 2018 US Kids World Championships in Pinehurst, North Carolina from July 24 to 29.

Miss Marsters said her inclusion in the competition was the result of recent success at the 2018 US Kids Australia Open in Sydney.

“I played well and I placed second overall for my age division 12 and under. Only the top two automatically receive an invitation,” she explained.

“I am very proud to be an Australian representative competing at this event where 1500 juniors from 65 nations around the world will compete for the title of world champion.”

Miss Marsters’ family has been the foundation which has helped her on her way to success and her mother Lana is justifiably proud of her daughters’ achievements. 

“I actually started golf nearly two years ago because I lost my uncle George,” Miss Marsters said.

“At the time I was grief stricken and my uncle Woody, who is now my coach, is the one who got me into it.

“After George passed we were walking the fairways of the Murray Bridge golf course and my uncle told me life goes on and that we need to take the time to enjoy the simple things in life.”

To prepare for the champs Miss Marsters said she had been completed extra training, using every competition she plays in as practice, and said she felt confident and excited ahead of the competition.

Miss Marsters said she also relied on the advice of her sporting hero, and now friend, Lydia Ko with whom she has played with in competition. 

“When I first got into golf I watched her when she was world number one and I just loved every part of her game, she inspired me a lot,” Miss Marsters said.

“She has given me goals to hit, like lowering my handicap.

“I remember when my handicap was 39.7 and Lydia set me a goal to get it down to a 19.7 in one year if I’m really serious.

“I got my handicap down to 14.3.”

Miss Marsters ultimate goal is to represent Australia in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. 

“With the right training and focus I might even set my sights on Paris in 2024,” she said.