Jesse masters the short game

Young gun des­tined for big things on the fair­ways

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

THE short game may be the se­cret to Jesse Ge­orge’s suc­cess on the golf course.

The 15-year-old Gayn­dah player said hit­ting the ball a mile was not enough.

“You can put it close (to the hole), but if you can’t chip, you could waste a birdie chance and have a bo­gey,” Ge­orge said.

Golf Queens­land said Ge­orge “dom­i­nated” and won this year’s men’s net di­vi­sion of the Queens­land In­dige­nous Cham­pi­onship held in Mur­gon.

“Ge­orge fin­ished with net scores of 65, 55, 60 for a 180 to­tal and has now dropped al­most eight shots off his hand­i­cap,” Golf Queens­land said.

“Both (win­ner) Craig Dodd (of Black­wa­ter) and Jesse Ge­orge have se­cured a start in the 2015 Isuzu Queens­land Open Pro-Am to be held dur­ing tour­na­ment week at Brook­wa­ter.”

And as a fur­ther warm-up for the Au­gust event, Ge­orge won the Men’s C-grade di­vi­sion at Gayn­dah Golf Club’s re­cent open day.

There’s a quiet ex­cite­ment as Ge­orge talks of th­ese suc­cesses in his fourth year of play­ing golf.

“Golf is a non-con­tact sport and you can’t get hurt un­less you pull a mus­cle or any­thing,” he said.

“I gave up (rugby league) be­cause of my size.

“I prac­tise as many times a week as I can. I play nine holes, which usu­ally takes me an hour-and-a-half.

“The more you play, the eas­ier it be­comes.”

His cousin Shaun Allen, who at­tended golf school in Bris­bane for two years, was pro­vid­ing ex­tra tu­ition to help Ge­orge fix up his swing and stance – and achieve his goals.

“We’ve got to get him away to play more cour­ses – play­ing out of bunkers (as) we don’t have a lot of bunkers,” Allen said.

“The (Brook­wa­ter) course

IN FORM: Jesse Ge­orge won the men’s net com­pe­ti­tion at the 2015 Mur­gon In­dige­nous ti­tles. will be much harder, so we’re try­ing to work out all the lit­tle things pretty much.”

The Brook­wa­ter course, near Bris­bane, was de­signed by Greg Nor­man, and has been ranked as Queens­land’s best public ac­cess golf course in Golf Di­gest for 10 years, as well as be­ing listed as one of Australia’s top 30 cour­ses.

While Jesse may have his eyes on a pos­si­ble pro­fes­sional ca­reer, he was con­tent to “see how I go, see what the fu­ture brings me”.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to play­ing with some pros – they may be able to teach me a cou­ple of new things,” Ge­orge said.

“I would like to meet Ja­son Day – he’s in­dige­nous as well and he’s Aus­tralian.”

ABOVE, LEFT AND FAR LEFT: Gayn­dah golfer Jesse Ge­orge won the men’s net com­pe­ti­tion at the 2015 Mur­gon In­dige­nous Golf Cham­pi­onships, and will con­test the am­a­teur sec­tion of the Queens­land Open Pro-Am tour­na­ment.

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