Chip off the ol’ block

Inside Golf - - People -

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.”

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