Olive takes on the world

OLIVE Spitty has helped conquer New Zealand. Now she is set to take on the world's best young golfers.

Olive Spitty in action.

Olive Spitty in action.

The promising Kerang golfer featured in Australia's narrow win over New Zealand in last weekend's Trans-Tasman Cup.

The event took place at the Palmer Colonial Golf Course on the Gold Coast, with Australia prevailing 19 points to the Kiwis 17.

Nine-year-old Olive, a student at St Joseph's Primary School, played alongside Sydney's Agatha Hui on Saturday. 

The pair finished deadlocked with New Zealand opponents Moyu Wang and Queenie Lang.

Olive took on Moyu again in a singles match on Sunday, wrapping up the match play contest by taking a two-hole lead with one to play. 

She shot one over par for the day.

The Trans-Tasman Cup is run by the organisation US Kids Golf and involves 24 Australian juniors taking on the same number of New Zealand youngsters.

Australia trailed by three points after Saturday's play before over-running the New Zealanders on day two.

"Each age group plays off age-appropriate tees," explained Olive's father Andrew Spitty, himself a championship winner at Kerang Golf Club.

Olive will be in action at the Australian Open in Sydney next month, then she heads to San Diego in the USA in July, where she will play in the Junior World Golf Championships, having qualified for that event by finishing second in January's Asia-Pacific Age Group Masters.

When she strides onto the course in San Diego, her dad will be there carrying her bag.

Olive Spitty shows off the Trans-Tasman Cup.

Olive Spitty shows off the Trans-Tasman Cup.

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