Ash's Olympic dream
ASHTON Turner has set his sights on the Rio 2016 Olympics after his stunning display Down Under.
The 16-year-old made history after being called up for the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, becoming one of only ten golfers to represent Great Britain at an IOC sanctioned event for more than a century.
But Turner was in no mood to leave the history-making at that.
He went on to claim silver after carding 15-under over the four days at Twin Creeks Golf Club, finishing three shots behind Kevin Yuan.
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The Alford starlet has come a long way since picking up his first plastic clubs aged just four.
But with golf being reintroduced into the Olympic programme in three years time in Rio, this could just be the start for Turner.
And after turning heads with his big hitting – the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School pupil hit a drive more than 400 yards during the Festival – Turner is looking to prove age is nothing but a number.
"Representing Great Britain was a huge honour and although I had played for England before, playing with the Olympic rings on your shirt was something else," Turner said.
"Having done this now, it really does get you thinking about the future and now I have had a taste of it I want to do it again and again.
"The Rio Olympics does seem a bit closer to me now and it does make it all the more real having done it already – that is now definitely the aim for sure.
"There is still some decisions to be made for Rio because I am not sure if they are going to have professionals or amateurs playing.
"But whatever happens I hope to be involved – it would be a dream.
"I am young and there might be more opportunities for me in the future, but Rio would be great.
"And with guys like Rory McIlroy doing so well, I think golf is becoming more of a young man's game."
Having played in temperatures close to 50 degrees celsius at the Olympic Festival – and taking it in his stride with a four-under round that day – Turner would be ready for whatever Rio throws at him.
And the former Alford Primary School pupil is advising all new players to experience all sorts of conditions after admitting the searing sun took it out of him.
"Playing in that heat was something I had never done before and it really did take me a little bit by surprise at first," he added. "But I got used to it and actually played alright.
"I thought playing in the wind and the rain was hard, but playing in that heat was something else.
"But I suppose it is good to get a taste of all sorts of environments moving forward and although it is tough that would be my advice to up and coming players.
"You never know where your golf will take you, so it is good to get out there in all kinds of weather – I know I learnt a lot in Australia in the heat."
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