Op­por­tu­nity of a life­time for Grafton ju­nior

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT - Bill North william.north@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

GOLF: As­pir­ing Grafton ju­nior Nick Fuller will rub shoul­ders with some of the best pro­fes­sion­als do­ing the rounds when he tees off at the NSW Open Ju­nior Pro Am to­day.

The event will be played at the Twin Creeks Golf and Coun­try Club in Western Syd­ney as a pre­cur­sor to the NSW Open, which starts to­mor­row.

The 16-year-old will play along­side a PGA Aus­trala­sia pro­fes­sional and two other ju­nior play­ers from clubs through­out New South Wales in a team sta­ble­ford for­mat with a 1pm shot­gun start.

“There will be 83 ju­niors aged 12 to 17 from all over the state get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to play with a pro,” Golf NSW me­dia man­ager David Tease said.

“They could be play­ing with Ja­son Norris or Brett Rum­ford. It’s not of­ten you get to play in the same field as a pro­fes­sional star.

“These kids will get a bit of at­ten­tion, gain ex­pert tips, and find out what life’s like as a pro­fes­sional.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions and im­prove their game.”

Each year clubs are in­vited to nom­i­nate an up-and-com­ing ju­nior who they be­lieve will ben­e­fit from the po­ten­tially life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Twelve months ago Wil­low Har­ris rep­re­sented Grafton District Golf Club and fin­ished sec­ond in a team with pro­fes­sional Rhein Gib­son with a score of 72 at the Greg Nor­man-de­signed Stone­cut­ters Ridge Golf Course in Syd­ney.

This year Nick, who plays off a hand­i­cap of four, has been hand picked to rep­re­sent the club.

“Nick’s been with us for quite a few years and been pro­gress­ing well,” Grafton pro­fes­sional Mark Harvi­son said. “On Thurs­day he’ll get to cad­die for a pro as well.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SWINGIN’ WITH THE PROS: Nick Fuller, pic­tured at Grafton District Golf Club with his sis­ter Court­ney Fuller, will play at the NSW Open Ju­nior Pro Am to­day.

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