Young golfer on par with the best

GOLFER Kura Poko threw away the women's clubs because she broke a few of them with her powerful swing.

So, the Edensor Park girl switched to the men's clubs.

The switch has worked with the 16-year-old winning a series of junior events last year as one of the emerging talents in the Jack Newton Golf Foundation tournaments.

"I broke a few clubs so I changed to the men's clubs," Kura said.

"I can hit the ball 250 metres off the tee with the driver.

"I find the men's clubs are better balanced for me and I can hit the ball better."

Kura said she watches a lot of the top men's and women's golf on television to learn as much as she can.

Her interest in golf started when her dad, Matt, took her along to a driving range where she watched him practise.

Kura, then nine, said she was hooked on the sport from that moment.

"Golf is the only sport I play," Kura said.

The year 11 Westfields Sports High School student trains at Liverpool Golf Club, Lansvale once a week as part of the school golf program.

Liverpool Golf Club professional Brent Dale is her coach and she is one of five students in the Westfields group.

She also gets individual lessons with Dale as he takes her through all aspects of the game, working on her driving, putting and chipping.

"We are going to get serious with Kura this year," Dale said.

"She has a lot of ability and loves her golf. But this is the year for Kura to put in the real hard work."

Kura's mother, Rangi, said her daughter relished every moment she was out playing on a golf course.

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