Chip off the ol’ block
16-YEAR-OLD WA junior golfer Troy Campbell has a built-in ambition to follow a path to become a top class Australian golfer. The son of Joondalup coach George Campbell, Troy began playing golf only 14 months ago and from his first handicap of 24 has reduced this down to just 3.
“When I started playing golf at Joondalup Resort I met some junior friends who took me ‘ under their wing’. Stefan Reeves, Paul Forrester, Tom Hulme and Brad Able (all WA state juniors). And they all have helped me learn the game, practise with me and encourage me with my golf and I thank them and appreciate their help,” Troy says.
“My dad has obviously been a huge influence on my golf, and my mum and sisters Alison and Michelle support and encourage me a lot. At Joondalup the juniors are very lucky to have David Milne (who runs the academy), Greg Ashton and Laurie Montague and of course my dad, who offer world class coaching to everyone. They have all helped me a lot in getting my golf to a higher level and I thank them.”
Troy enjoys playing pennants for the Joondalup and competing in the many junior events in WA, and he hopes to play interstate this year.
Unlike his father, Troy is a ‘lefty’ and a keen fan of Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Greg Chalmers. He also thinks Tiger is not bad.
“I had a wonderful and exciting trip to the Presidents Cup in Melbourne with my dad and it was great to see my idols in action and watching them to see what I can improve on with my game. I try and practise as much as I can and enjoy going to the new Kalgoorlie Golf Course as the course and practise facilities are great. I will continue to work hard at my game especially the short game and the mental side of the game. I hope to make it onto the ‘big stage’ in the future.”
Watch this space!