Golfing Success for Natascha in Macau

Over three days of the Easter break, Brisbane Adventist College Year 7 student Natascha Tennent played in a variety of golfing events at Macau Caesar Golf Complex in the Macau Golf Masters. 

Representing the Asia Pacific team, she performed well against competitors from East Asia, Europe, Africa and North America in the largest golf tournament for people with disabilities. 

Natascha's first competition was an Ambrose event with fellow Australian Cara Reeves from the Sawtell Golf Club. It was a two-day competition and the scores were very tight, with the youngsters just missing out on placing third. 

“Natascha loved playing with Cara,” says her mum, Kathleen Tennent. 

“They worked well and had so much fun together. A wonderful friendship was made.”

“The best part of playing with a partner is that you work as a team,” says Natascha. “It's one of my favourite types of golf games.”

After two great days, Natascha played in a skills assessment competition on her last day in Macau, Friday April 26. 

Each player was scored individually on their driving, putting and chipping skills, and using their irons on a difficult course. Natascha achieved the highest score out of approximately 30 other competitors from around the world. 

As Level 1 Winner for Skills Assessment at the Macau Golf Masters for 2019, Natascha won the Gold Medal and Champion trophy.

Natascha, who turned 12 just days before the competition, was then invited to play an 18 hole competition, rubbing shoulders with coaches, other high performing athletes and sponsors in the Macau corporate event, making one over par and finishing in 15th place on a complex course.

“She had an absolute blast at the event and played amazingly,” says mum, Kathleen.

The Macaus Gold Maters has opened up new avenues for Natascha, who has received several invitations to other prestigious Special Olympics events around Australia.