The three Major Amateur tournaments in Australia for 2012 have been completed and PTGC student Whitney Hillier has dominated the womens section. The Australian Amateur, Lake MacQuarie Amateur and Riversdale Cup attract the best fields with players from every state and include numerous International golfers from the U.K., Japan, New Zealand and South East Asia.
Whitney won both the Lake MacQuarie and Riversdale Cup in convincing style and reached the semi finals of the Australian Amateur. So where has all this form come from as a 2nd place at the 2011 West Australian stroke play was the only highlight in 2011?
After an injury interrupted 2010 she played all 2011 tournaments in Australia and in May headed overseas to play in Britian and the USA. Unfortunately her results were not to her expectations. On her return Whitney sat down with myself and PTGC Co-Director Lawrie Montague and mapped out a plan to prepare for the 2012 season.
She spent time with Lawrie setting specific goals that were going to motivate her mentally, emotionally and to work with purpose in everything she did. Whitney applied herself to the Pro Tour Golf College Program a minimium 6 hours a day five days a week. Both Lawrie and I worked on adjusting her technique together with applying "Deliberate Training" each day which requires the golfer to fully engage in all activities and be totally focused.
Measuring each drill allowed her to manage her progress each day, month and year. An Annual Periodisation program was put in place to ensure she was ready to compete in the tournaments that were important to her. So Whitney's results this year is no accident but a culmination of hard work, working to a plan, a strong belief in herself and most importantly a great "ATTITUDE"!!
This is Whitney as a 12 year old at the Spalding Park golf course in Geraldton situated 5 hours North of Perth. Her parents Stirling and Gai encouraged and supported their daughter from those early days and moved to Perth to give her more opportunity and are still there for Whitney win or lose.
Like most parents of elite athletes lots of time and money are invested to give their child the opportunity to succeed. Unfortunately most of these athletes fall by the wayside and mostly because they lose sight of their destination (Goal) and give up. Its like getting to the edge of the Grand Canyon looking at the other side and no "Bridge" to help you cross!!
Whitney is learning new skills to build that bridge at PTGC and to do that she has to stretch beyond her comfort level and not lose that great "ATTITUDE" which is her 15th club in the bag.
Congratulations Whit but your work is not done. Look forward to catching up at training at PTGC.
David and Lawrie