Oates takes next step to dream



ROCKHAMPTON Golf Club employee Raelee Oates is still driving towards golf dreams after first tagging along behind her dad Bill Oates on the golf course as a 15-month-old.

"He always said I was a natural,'' Oates said, remembering her dad's words during her young playing days.

Oates, 26, has now taken the first step towards making a career from golf as she works towards hopefully starting a professional traineeship.

Dad's words are still proving inspirational.

"Dad said if you don't go for it you'll never know,'' Oates said.

In 2007 she hopes to start her quest which involves three years of work including exams, playing averages and club repairs.

If successful, she can either play professionally or teach.

"I'd like to play to see what all the fuss is about,'' Raelee said.

"It would be interesting to play with the big guns.''

Oates said teaching was also something she could fall back on.

After 14 years of playing competitively on and off, taking a four-year-break after her daughter Tayla was born in 1997, Oates has been a leading force on the Central Queensland women's golf circuit.

Oates plays off three handicap after getting as low as two.



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