Coast ace driven to play in the Queensland Open
SHAE Wools-Cobb believes his win at last month's Hills China Junior Open has him primed to get through next week's Queensland Open qualification round.
A week after his win in China, Wools-Cobb rounded out a successful Asian jaunt with third place at the Hills Japan Junior Open.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a solid maiden year on the amateur circuit after winning the Australian Junior Open in January.
He is keen to take the confidence gained from those results into next week's qualifier, which can get him into the tournament.
"I have been playing well and want to carry that into next week," he said.
"I don't mind having to shoot a number when it needs to be counted and I like the one-round qualifiers.
"It is pretty cool to have to perform under pressure."
Wools-Cobb is aware of the importance of patience and has given himself three years to become a professional.
In that time, he believes he will find out if he has what it takes to get on one of the professional tours.
"I think three years is a good timeframe to allow myself to learn everything I can about the game," he said.
"I am realistic and know that I will have to continue to better my golf, and I have done that this year."
One of his disappointments this year was his eighth at the Northern Territory Amateur Championship, an event he led through the first three rounds before dropping his bundle on the last day.
Wool-Cobb said he had been addressing certain areas of his game to ensure he kept on track once he opened up a lead.
"I have been working a lot on pitching and my pre-shot routine for putting," he said.
"Sometimes it gets a bit quick when I am under pressure - I feel like I just want to hit the ball and get it in there by rushing it."
Wools-Cobb said he had no problem with adjusting to the demands of life on the road.
"I enjoy the travel and have been having a really good time," he said. "I can see myself doing this for many years to come."
MOUNT Coolum's Lochlan Coleborn won the Zone Open and Cooroy Open last week and Peregian Springs' Christian Butterworth, 13, took out the Coolum Open A-grade last Sunday.
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