COOPER Starkey will this week follow in the footsteps of some of Bathurst's most talented golfers when he tees off at the 2019 School Sport Australia National Golf Championships.
The Year 5 Holy Famiy School student forms part of the New South Wales PSSA side which began its nationals campaign on Monday at the Toowoomba Golf Course.
The 11-year-old earned state selection after impressing for the 2019 Catholic Schools Polding golf team.
Previous star golfers from Holy Family School include Chantal and Reece Hodson who are now working professionally in the golf industry.
Dylan Thompson also attended the school and recently he returned from Montana Rocky Mountain College in the US where he was able to pursue his golf career. He now works at the Bathurst Golf Club.
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The 2019 School Sport Australia Golf Championships bring together the very best junior golfers from all states and territories.
"Cooper have been highly motivated with the pathway schools golf program during 2019," school principal Kevin Arrow said.
"He has moved to the elite levels through hard work and perseverance. He has developed his skills rapidly and he should do well at nationals. We wish him well for the week at Toowoomba."
The pathway sports program supports students across all school sectors.
Starkey has a Golf Australia registered handicap and has been part of Bathurst professional Matt Barrett's junior academy at the Bathurst Golf Club.