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Gold for young Mullumbimby golfer aiming for LA

Veda Dante

MULLUMBIMBY golfer Laim Reynolds has returned home with a gold medal after competing in the Special Olympics Australian National Games in Melbourne at the weekend.

The win could be enough to earn Australian selection in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles next year.

Reynolds, 19, took out the open 9-hole competition over three rounds at the Albert Park golf course.

He represented New South Wales at the Games and is the current NSW and Queensland champion in his division.

Mullumbimby Golf Club professional and PGA-rated coach Nicole Picken has helped Reynolds along the way.

Reynolds has an acquired brain injury and has worked hard to pick up the skills which have taken him to the next level.

"Laim was hoping to do well and it's exciting that he got the gold medal," Picken said.

"He has a great swing and hits the ball well.

"The biggest thing was helping him with course management.

"He showed promise from the word the go and it was just about helping with club selection and the psychology of the game."

Reynolds has only been playing golf for four years and the Special Olympics was his long-term goal.

In addition to his training at Mullumbimby he was also coached under his Special Olympics coach, Steve Matthews at the Chinderah Golf Course.

"He obviously took his opportunities (during the competition) and it all came together for him," Picken said.

"You'll often see him out practising and improving his game and that's what it takes to succeed in golf."

Topics:  golf, high school, mullumbimby


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