Pioneer's legacy lives on at Cabramatta Golf Club

THE legacy of the man who pioneered Cabramatta Golf Club's junior program lives on.

Cabramatta golf professional Matthew Dowd paid tribute to the late Bill Watson who began teaching juniors more than a decade ago.

"Bill would be proud to see the many talented juniors who have come through the program and prosper," Dowd said.

Dowd said Peter Stojanovski, Nathan Park, Andrius Belkus and Josh Ingram are players who have benefited from Watson's teaching.

"Sadly, Bill passed away a year ago," Dowd said. "I'm still struggling to fill his shoes as Bill lived for teaching youngsters the etiquette, rules and enjoyment of golf. Bill is irreplaceable."

Peter Stojanovski, 19, who has embarked on a professional career, said Watson taught him a lot about golf.

He started playing golf at Cabramatta at 10. Now a teenager he recently returned from six months on the Middle East and North Africa tour in Dubai.

Stojanovski won two amateur tournaments and made the cut in six of seven professional events.

"It was a good education playing and living in Dubai," he said. "You're up against very good players."

He said the tour tested his physical and mental strengths. "The courses are long — between 6500 and 7000 metres. And the weather is hot — 45 degrees Celsius."

He heads to Europe later this month. "I'll play on the Euro Pro circuit, the feeder system for the European professional tour."

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