Rapid rise ... Josh Armstrong of Nicholls. Photo: Graham Tidy
Canberra's Josh Armstrong is continuing to make big steps on the path to becoming a professional golfer.
This week the 14-year-old dominated the under-19 Australian Schoolboys' Championship in Victoria, taking out the individual honours on Monday after winning a four-way play-off.
The 2012 junior European champion had a slow start to his morning round but demonstrated great perseverance in the afternoon, earning himself a last shot at taking out the 37th annual event.
''In the morning I shot six over and I was about tied 10th or 12th. I think I was four or five shots behind. In the afternoon I shot three over on the front nine then shot even on the back nine,'' Armstrong said.
The Burgmann student was satisfied with how he handled the hype of his concluding play-off shot that won him the prestigious title over Brett Coletta, Kodi Koski and Josh Hayes.
''I was over the putt trying not to smile. Every play-off hole I've had I've always struggled because I've always built it up in my head. This time I've said to myself, 'it's just another hole','' he said.
His father, David Armstrong, said Josh had been quite composed when he had texted him after the two regular rounds on Monday saying he could be going into a play-off.
''I wouldn't say he was stunned [when he won]. He was certainly very pleased with himself,'' Armstrong said.
The second ACT boy ever to win the individual event has joined a prestigious list of previous victors including Jason Day, Geoff Ogilvy, and Karrie Webb.
''It does feel good to have my name up there with those guys,'' Josh Armstrong said.
With a number of tournaments coming up his priorities will certainly be the Srixon International Junior Classic in the Hunter Valley in October as well as the Jack Newton Foundation tournament in New Zealand in January.
The experienced teenager, who now plays off a positive 0.4 handicap, has his future sights first set on completing his secondary education before looking at the possibility of playing golf at college in the United States.