Sco­maz­zon chases his big break

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

SCHOOL’S in for am­bi­tious young golfer Nick Sco­maz­zon.

This week the 15 year old (turn­ing 16 in March) from Moss­man High went off to Hills In­ter­na­tional Col­lege in Beaudesert, south-east Qld, as a boarder so he can ben­e­fit from the col­lege’s golf pro­gram.

The school is one of sev­eral in south­ern Queens­land that of­fer a golf academy and has the happy dis­tinc­tion of hav­ing pro­duced the cur­rent world No 1 pro­fes­sional golfer, Ja­son Day.

Nick’s been deeply in golf world for years, since pick­ing up the clubs at the age of seven, prac­tis­ing and play­ing as much as time al­lows.

But now it will go up another level. More prac­tice and coach­ing and all the other things – fit­ness, nu­tri­tion, psy­chol­ogy, “that sort of stuff”, said Nick.

“I’m very for­tu­nate and I have very good par­ents who are will­ing to send me there,” he said. “I’m very priv­i­leged be­cause I know there’s a lot of other kids who want to go there.”

As re­gards his am­bi­tions, he said “I’m go­ing well.

“I’ve been work­ing re­ally hard in re­cent months on spe­cific parts of my game that will im­prove me faster” – some­thing his coach from mid 2016, Dan Har­ri­gan at Palmer Sea Reef, backs up.

“He’s im­proved a lot in a few months,” Har­ri­gan said. “He’s worked very hard in the time that I’ve had him. He’s gone from a kid with raw tal­ent to a player with good tech­nique to go with that, and he plays ex­tremely well.”

Har­ri­gan said Nick’s en­rol­ment at Hills was a great op­por­tu­nity. “He’ll be around good play­ers, play great golf cour­ses and play a lot of com­pe­ti­tion – it’ll be great for him.

“And to be around like­minded kids of his age, it will be great.”

Nick’s plan is to play as many events as he can and put him­self on the radar in the golf­ing world.

“I def­i­nitely plan to put my­self out there.” And that means win­ning? “Yes, you have to be win­ning,” he said.

Last De­cem­ber he came sev­enth in the Greg Nor­man Ju­nior Masters on the Gold Coast.

At his lo­cal club, Palmer Sea Reef, he plays off 1.

To fol­low Nick’s progress see the web­sites of Golf Aus­tralia or Ju­nior Golf Qld.

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