Turner is keeping his cool to remain focused on gold
NOT even the record-breaking heat Down Under looks to be capable of stopping Kewick Park golfer Ashton Turner and his assault on Australian Youth Olympic Festival gold.
Just 24 hours after carding an eight-under round of 64, the 16-year-old was back out at the Twin Creeks Club looking to stay on top of the men's individual leaderboard.
Turner was not only battling it out with his rivals, but with Mother Nature as well, as temperatures exceeded 45 degrees Celsius, forcing officials to suspend play for health reasons.
This means Turner still has one hole left to complete his second round, which he will do this morning before the third round gets underway.
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And Turner, admitted to his frustration at the stoppage as he was building up another successful score.
"I have one hole to go and I am four under so I obviously wanted to finish," said Turner, of Alford.
"It was a bit annoying because I was feeling good and I wanted to keep it going as I had some good momentum.
"I was ready to play the last but it wasn't to be and there is nothing I can do about it – they made the right decision considering the heat.
"I just have to make sure I stay focused and finish off that second round properly and keep this momentum going into the final two days.
"I thought playing in wind and rain was hard, but playing in this heat is something completely different and it is so hard."
Once Turner has finished his second round, he will be at the halfway stage of his Oz adventure, and he admits he couldn't have dreamt for a better start.
"I am feeling good and I am really pleased with where I am at the moment," he added.
"After the first round I still felt like I left some shots out there and even though my second round wasn't as good I played well considering the heat, so the confidence is still there."
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