Teenage sensation Bart Carroll has become to youngest player to win the Wagga Country Club Championships.
Carroll, 14, submitted a calm and and collected performance beyond his years to clinch the title on Sunday.
Nine shots separated the triumphant Wagga youngster and his closest rival Luke Chisholm, who was in some hot form of his own and fell just one shot shy of Carroll across the final 36 holes.
Carroll finished the 72 hole championship with an overall score of 294, while Chisholm landed on 303.
Speaking just moments after his historic victory, Carroll said his stunning achievement would take some time to sink in.
“It’s very surreal,” he said.
“The dream’s starting to come true.
“I’ve watched players win this tournament in the past and I always wanted to be them.
“You could just see it on their faces when they won.”
After a commanding yet measured performance in the championships’ opening two rounds last weekend, Carroll entered the business end of the competition with a handy six shot lead on Jarrod Meacham.
From there Carroll said he was focused on finding the right balance between avoiding overly aggressive shots, while ensuring he wasn’t too set on “playing not to lose”.
“It also came down to how well I kept my composure,” he said.
“I was a little bit nervy at the start because I didn’t want to blow my lead.
“But I had it under control in the end.”
Carroll said he hoped to push for a second consecutive title in 2018.
“That’s the goal,” he said.
“It’d be great to come back and have another solid tournament next year.
“But that’s still a little while away, so we’ll see what happens and where I’m at when the time comes.
“The main thing for now is to keep playing consistently.
“That’s what has really helped me through the last couple of weeks.”
The competition’s previous youngest winner was Anthony Newling, who won the competition at 15 years-of-age in 1988 and competed against Carroll this year.