Commonwealth Colts team manager Max Scales believes Warrnambool teenager Noah Best is following in the footsteps of some of Australia's best golfers.
Best hopes to maintain his perfect winning streak when he steps up for his first match of top-grade pennant for Commonwealth on Sunday.
Scales said the 16-year-old's "array of shots" put in him in good company.
"He's showing the same promise as Lucas Herbert and Zach Murray did at the same age," he said.
"And he may in fact be slightly ahead."
Herbert and Murray, who also hail from Commonwealth, are playing internationally - Herbert in Europe and Murray in Asia.
Best has been promoted to the Victorian Pennant division one men's team after winning all six of his matches in the division one Colts this season.
"His performance has been amazing," Scales said.
"He's won his matches quite easily against good opposition.
"He plays with maturity way beyond his years.
"His attitude on course has been fantastic."
Scales said the youngster had good temperament and had adjusted well to the courses on the famous Melbourne Sandbelt.
Best was ecstatic upon hearing he had made the senior team for its clash against Royal Melbourne.
The youngster said he had exceeded his own expectations.
"I wasn't sure if I was going to be good enough playing against the best," he said.
"But I've had some good wins which has been good for my confidence.
"I think I started as number four in the Colts and I've gradually worked my way up the order."
Best, who travels to Melbourne each weekend for competition, played number one for the Colts team last Sunday.
He is being mentored by Melbourne-based coach Andrew Pitt.
The Warrnambool College student is enjoying school holidays and has been honing his skills at competitions in Warrnambool and Port Fairy this week.
"I've been hitting the ball pretty well," he said.
"I'm confident in the way I've been playing and it's just whether I can put it together on Sunday."
Commonwealth Golf Club pennant manager Micheal Giulieri said it was time to "give him a taste of the big league".
"Noah has had an exceptional six weeks with the club," he said.
"He acquits himself well and prepares well.
"It's due reward for him to be promoted for the last round."
Giulieri said his advice to Best was to focus on the course and not his opponent.
He said Best would play at position number six on Sunday at Royal Melbourne's east course.
The 16-year-old is also part of the South West Academy of Sport golf program.
He participates in a gym program and undertakes training sessions with Golf Australia coaches.
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