Jimmy Douris Golf Academy Junior George Gibblett is a relative newcomer to the game but that hasn't stopped him leaping up the rankings in recent years culminating in an unforgettable title at the 2017 Sunshine Coast Junior Masters event.
16 year old George Giblett has done something no other junior from Noosa Golf Club has been able to achieve, under the guidance of Head Coach Jimmy Douris – bring home The Invincibles IGA Sunshine Coast Junior Masters Trophy.
In hot, windy and very testing conditions George edged his way into the lead, however the final day came down to a nail biting sudden death playoff. Winning by one shot George took a risk by deciding to leave his driver in his bag for the final day. The risk paid off and despite incredible nerves and two bogeys he came up with and incredible win. Proud coach Jimmy Douris noted the highlights of his performance across the three days, most notably on day three when George took the lead and landed an enormous putt for birdie on twelve as well as a four metre putt on nine for birdie.
George summed up the final day. “Given what was at stake, I felt that I could wear a bogey, but I couldn’t accommodate a double or worse. I wanted to make sure that I was on the fairway to give myself the best chance of winning.” He went on to say “I nearly blew it - when I bogied seventeen and eighteen, I thought I’d blown it. Ben and Bailey are great players and they don’t normally let you off the hook, so I got a little lucky. But at the end of the day, I think my decision to leave my driver in the bag was a smart move, a move that made all the difference, it certainly gave me a lot of confidence.”
“I don’t think I have ever felt so nervous in competition, and from what I hear, Ben and Bailey felt the same way, this really is a great championship and we wanted to put in our best performances, even though that was tested big time on day one and two which is something all the contestants would agree with. It was tough, very, very tough!!!”
The win proves that with great coaching, hard work and dedication success can be achieved in a remarkably short period of time.