WHEN Tim Butterworth won Peregian Springs' club championship as a 14-year-old, then repeated the dose two years later, he gave notice that he was indeed something special.
That promise was confirmed this month when Tim ran away with the A-grade championship at his new club, Tewantin Noosa - just as he'd done a year earlier.
That's four club championships at two different clubs - and Tim's not yet 21. But as good as he is, Tim - and many others - are wondering whether there's not potentially an even better Butterworth rocketing through the junior golf ranks.
Tim's brother, Christian, just recently turned 11, won the A-grade division of Peregian Springs' club comp last Saturday with 42 stableford points. The pint-sized prodigy played off a handicap of 12 and shot 78 off the stick.
But that's not the story.
A week earlier Christian had wrapped up Peregian Springs' B-grade club championship. His four rounds - 86, 85, 83 and 84 - were good enough for a nine-stroke win.
Bear in mind that a year earlier, Christian was considered too young to have a handicap. Since the lifting of that restriction at the end of December, he's cut his handicap from 17 to 11. Along the way he's been selected to represent Queensland in the national primary schools competition.
That tournament takes place in Sydney in late November.
Brother Tim, who's rapidly winning honour board events at Tewantin Noosa, is impressed.
"We don't play a lot together and I've not really mentored him - I've really just given him advice when I've been able to," he said. "But he's certainly playing well. I reckon his short game is better than mine."
Christian's not so sure about that, but he knows he's got time on his side.
And he's out to become Peregian Springs' club champion before he reaches the age of 14 - just so he can be one up on his big brother.
Both boys - naturally enough - want to build careers in golf.
Tim's worked part-time in the Tewantin Noosa pro shop for the past 18 months and has applied for a traineeship there.
Christian's still got a handful of years to put in at school but he, too, wants to be a pro - though he's not yet sure whether he'll pursue a traineeship or go straight to Q school and try to win his way on to the pro circuit.
In the meantime, both brothers are bound to build on a record that is already quite extraordinary.
A-grade champion: Tim Butterworth 292; runner-up: Russell Milliner 305.
B-grade champion: Lloyd Pardon 349; runner-up: Bruce Blakemore 353.
C-grade champion: Michael Hill 379 and Ken McBryde 379.
A-grade champion: Charlie Dann; runner-up: Toby Harding.
B-grade champion: Christian Butterworth; runner-up Robbie Moule.
C-grade champion: Keith Metherall; runner-up Neville Middlewick.
Ladies A-grade champion: Victoria Fricot; runner-up Shania Herzog-Smith.
Ladies B-grade champion: Diane Porter; runner-up Janet Young.
Ladies C-grade champion: Jill Webber; runner-up Willy Stephensen.
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