April 17, 2024

Blues Star Squires Sets Sights on State Open

Amy Squires is one ambitious teenager.

After eight years of dedication to her game, 2023 was her best yet – including her first elite-level win – and she initially thought it would be tough to top.

But the Boat Harbour ace is proving there’s always room for improvement.

In just three months, 2024 Amy has already surpassed her expectations in achieving a goal she’s had in her sights for years – selection in the NSW Junior Interstate team.  

“The past three years when I haven’t made the team, I was pretty disappointed. But missing out last year gave me more drive to practise and to play well last year. I guess that’s a benefit of missing out,” the 17-year-old admits.

“I look back now and can see that I needed another year, especially mentally. I’m ready this year, so I’m excited.”

And the unexpected cherry on top? A selection for the state senior team, too.

“When I got the call, I was so surprised, but over the moon.

“I know I’ve been playing well and a lot of people have been saying I deserve it and I just have to believe that.”

With two goals already ticked off, she’s looking towards another this week in Dubbo – playing in this year’s Women’s NSW Open.

“I played in the Open last year and it was such a fun experience. I played well, too (tied 37th). I was really happy with that.”

“It’s given me more determination to play good this week and make it in again.”

And with this year’s Open in her neck of the woods at Magenta Shores Country Club from March 29-31, securing her spot would be that much sweeter.

“It’s a course that I enjoy playing, Magenta is amazing. It would mean the world to me to play in it this year.”

Two of Amy’s state teammates have already secured their places in the time-honoured tournament.

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Lee showcased her talent at Mollymook, earning herself a coveted spot, while just days ago, 18-year-old Ella Scaysbrook joined the ranks with a remarkable victory at Bathurst.

The question now: Will Amy Squires become the third rising Blues star to clinch a spot in the tournament?

“I know that those two are great players, I love them both. So being in the same team as them reassures me that I am good enough and tells me I can win this if I just put my mind to it,” she says.

“I know it’ll take good golf, good putting, everything really. Anything can happen. I’m going to try my best.

“I’ve got to back myself and to know that I’ve got the team behind me. The coach, Earl, messaged me today and wished me luck.”

Amy had her first look at Dubbo Golf Club today in the pro-am, providing her a chance to set her game plan.

“It’s definitely an attacking course. It’s not too long. It is tight, I must admit, but I hit the ball well today,” she says with a smile.

“I haven’t been hitting the ball well the past few weeks, so hitting it well today made me more confident. I putted okay, too, but I could always work on that. I just have to hope the putting is on the next couple of days.”

Amy says she’ll be at Magenta later this month, come what may this week.

“Either way if I qualify or not, I’m going to be rooting for Ella and Rachel and I’ll go watch a couple of days,” she says.

Round one of the Women’s NSW Open Golf Regional Qualifying Event at Dubbo Golf Club will tee off at 11am tomorrow.

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