Jesse masters the short game
Young gun destined for big things on the fairways
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.