Golfer Ashton Turner on course for more glory after stunning start in Oz
KENWICK Park golfer Ashton Turner insists he isn't prepared to slow down at the Youth Olympic Festival after getting his campaign Down Under off to a flying start.
The 16-year-old made history in Australia by simply taking to the greens of the Twin Creeks Club yesterday as he became one of the first Team GB golfers for more than a century.
But it looks like getting even better for the Alford youngster as he carded an eight-under-par round of 64 to lead the men's event by a shot after day one.
Britain are also tied for the lead in the mixed team event with hosts Australia, but Turner has bad news for his rivals hoping he will slow down – insisting they couldn't be more wrong.
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"I am really pleased with my performance. It was a great start to the tournament and there are plenty of shots left out there, so I can push on," said Turner.
"I have a game-plan of attack and there isn't much holding back. Hit and drive and pitch on.
"The conditions were perfect out there to begin with so hopefully they can stay that way and I can build on this good start.
"The heat out here is a big difference compared to home but you've just got to keep drinking, keep putting the sun cream on and if I can concentrate on my golf I will be all right."
Whatever the end result in Australia, Turner will go down in history, but that isn't stopping him from setting his sights high.
"It is an honour to represent Team GB in golf for the first time in over 100 years," he added.
"I think the sport definitely deserves its place on the Olympic programme.
"It's great to be part of the team that has introduced it back in again but I want to celebrate that with a medal too and that is the aim, so there is more work to do."
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