16.12.11 – Crestmead Golfer Off To World Championships
- by: Tom Boswell, Albert & Logan News
- From: Quest Newspapers
- December 16, 2011 12:01AM
Right: Glenn Niciejewski celebrates his recent win in the WA Open Source: Quest Newspapers
Glenn Niciejewski’s life is about defying the odds.
Since picking up the sport of golf just two years ago the blind Crestmead resident has consistently shocked and awed spectators with his rare talent and determination to succeed.
So it was natural that when the only Queensland player on the Blind Golf Australia circuit heard about the World Blind Golf Championships next year, he set himself the goal of cementing his place in the team.
Now with two years of touring Australia under his belt and the confidence from his recent Western Australian Open win, Niciejewski has surpassed all expectations to be named in the Australian team for the 2012 World Championships in Canada.
The news was almost too much for Niciejewski as it aroused emotion in the usually tough-skinned player.
“I welled up and was half crying,” Niciejewski said. “I’m so chuffed.”
There was always going to be a question mark on his selection as Niciejewski sat three outside the top six selected to go to Canada.
But with three of the eight above him opting to not make the trip, Niciejewski’s dream was set in stone.
The only Queenslander to ever make the World Championships is adamant the fairytale would not have played out without his recent Open win.
And he will enjoy the backing of caddie Scott Downing who carried the bag at the Western Australian Open.
Niciejewski will have three chances of winning in his time overseas with the Canadian Open, World Championships and US Open all scheduled within a two-week period.
“I’m going to have to really step it up,” he said.
“No Australian has ever won the championships, the closest was Graham Coulton who won the British Open when the Worlds were held in England in 2008.”
Over 60 players from the 13 national associations of registered blind golfers will take to Canada for the event.
With Australia currently vying to host the 2014 World Championships it is likely Niciejewski will have the opportunity to make it back-to-back championships.
For the past two years, Niciejewski has won the elite athlete with a disability category at the Logan City Sports Awards.
On both occasions businessman David Kemp agreed to sponsor him to the tune of $5000.
”It’s the second year running I got it in the bag,” he said at the presentation in October.
“Qualifying for the World Championships has been a dream of mine since day one when I started in 2010,” he said.