Ace primes teen golfer for classic
WITH a recent hole in one under his belt and a spot in the Greg Norman Junior Master competition secured for later this year, 15-year-old Nathan Jones is one of the favourites to score a top place in this weekend's Darling Downs Junior Golf Classic.
Nathan is still on a high from his hole in one at the Warwick Golf Club two weeks ago.
"I have been playing golf for five years and it was my first ever hole in one," the Warwick State High School student said.
"It happened on the seventh hole.
"I didn't actually see it go in but I thought it had gone pretty close.
"Then a man on the 14th hole started screaming, it was pretty exciting."
Nathan will be one of about 20 Warwick junior golfers who are expected to take to the Hawker Rd greens in Warwick tomorrow morning.
"It is great to have this competition here every year," Nathan said.
"It gives us the home-field advantage."
The teenager, with a handicap of four, is looking for his first junior golf classic win.
"I'm not nervous, just trying to keep calm and stay focused," Nathan said.
"I like golf because you can take your time and it is not a rushed game.
"It is all about technique."
If Nathan does come up with the win, it won't be his first of the season.
After taking out a top spot in a qualifying match in Goondiwindi, Nathan earned himself an entry into the Greg Norman Junior Masters competition, to be held at the Gold Coast next month.
"If you win, you get a really big trophy and you get to play with kids from all around Queensland," he said.
Nathan is not quite sure where he wants to take his golf at the moment.
"It will depend on whether I can get my shots down in the next few years before I look at if I can take it anywhere professionally," he said.
Warwick junior golf secretary Mike Smith said Nathan definitely had a shot at a good finish tomorrow.
"After his hole in one, Nathan is on fire at the moment," Smith said.
"Our new 18 hole players, Matthew Bell, Tom Smith and Josh Hynes, are also playing really well."
What: Darling Downs Junior Golf Classic
Time: Tee-off is at 9am
Where: Warwick Golf Club