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Starring for state in Voge

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June 14, 2018

Margaret Wallace (centre) will play alongside daughter Rowena Wallace (left) and grand daughter Steffi Vogel in Cobram-Barooga's winter pennant team.

Cobram-Barooga golfer Steffi Vogel’s fledgling career in the sport continues to go from strength to strength.

Last month she represented Victoria at Glenelg Golf Club in Adelaide and was her state’s best performer in the amateur Team Championships, where the best six golfers from each state played against one another.

Vogel, 19, said the challenging course made her level of performance all the more pleasing.

‘‘The course was really enjoyable,’’ she said.

‘‘It was very long. We played off the men’s back tees, so it was something a bit different to what we are used to. So it was definitely hard, but the course was amazing.’’

Vogel had to adapt her game to suit the course, having to use a lot of woods instead of irons, which she is more familiar with.

One advantage of having to make longer shots was the fact Vogel avoided hitting the bunkers.

She said the girls who were bigger hitters were frustratingly finding themselves in the sand a lot more than her.

This is not the first time the teen sensation has represented Victoria and she stood up to the higher level of golf spectacularly, winning four out of her five matches.

Vogel was selected for her state after a strong run of performances in national-ranking amateur events during the year.

The young gun is certainly leading a busy life as she strives to make it to professional ranks.

She plays every weekend in Melbourne and finds herself in a different town almost every week.

The travel does not bother her any more as she is so accustomed to it and enjoys the tournaments so much that it is merely an afterthought.

As well as trying to play golf as much as she can, she also works at the Tocumwal Golf and Bowls Club.

As she has progressed with her skill set, it has become a challenge to continually improve her game.

‘‘Definitely when I first started playing the game it came very naturally to me, but now I have to try and train really hard to get better,’’ Vogel said.

‘‘But Dad (Terry) was one heck of a golfer, so he gives me a lot of help.’’

Vogel also receives regular coaching and sound advice from professional Justin Speirani, who works at the club.

She will join forces with her aunt and grandmother in Cobram-Barooga’s division one winter pennant team.

Vogel’s grandmother Margaret Wallace and aunt Rowena Wallace have all been selected, combining three generations in the same team.

Margaret and her husband Ray have played golf for many years and are thrilled to see their passion continuing through the family.

Vogel’s aunt Rowena has won the Cobram-Barooga Golf Club’s ladies’ championship three times and Rowena’s son Chris Tomlinson is the reigning men’s champion.

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