Colac’s youngest golfing prodigy Max Miraglia is taking the sport by storm, capping off an exciting 2016 with captaincy of Victoria’s team ahead of national titles.
Max, who turns 12 on Saturday, shot a stunning 73 off the stick in Sunday’s Stuart Appleby Regional Series at Sandhurst Golf Club, with the event a qualifier for the School Sports Australia 12-and-under Championships.
The Grade Six pupil at Colac’s St Mary’s Primary School took out the B Grade competition at the state-wide under-18 event, and capped off a successful day with selection for Victoria’s team for November’s Australia-wide event in Adelaide, which he will skipper.
Max recently moved to Colac from Darwin with his dad Dominic and mum Yolande, and his two younger twin sisters.
Dominic, who grew up in Colac, said Max had lived and breathed golf from a young age and he wasn’t afraid to stand alongside experienced golfers on the tee box.
The enthusiastic youngster idolises Australian and world number one Jason Day and US stars Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.
Max recently won a Colac monthly medal in the men’s competition and is gearing up to compete in regular tournaments against Australia’s top up-and-coming juniors.
“He’s been playing off men’s tees since he was about 8,” Dominic said.
“He grew up in Darwin on the golf course because we had a house right on the course, and he’s been swinging the club since he was 4.
“I’m obviously a bit biased because he’s my son, but we always knew he had a lot of talent.”
Dominic said Max was passionate about becoming a professional in the sport, and had recently started taking lessons from one of Colac’s finest golf exports and former Australian Masters champion Craig Spence.
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