Seve’s on form for junior worlds
Seve Ha is as surprised as anyone about his golfing success.
The 17-year-old Mt Roskill Grammar student will represent New Zealand at the world junior teams championships in Japan next week.
“My form’s been solid, but I didn’t really expect it,” he says.
Seve puts his selection for the squad down to a couple of wins at the Transtasman Cup in April, which saw New Zealand defeat Australia for a place at the championships.
But the Mt Roskill resident has also benefited from playing in men’s teams over the past three years, including the Auckland side last year.
“It helps with confidence and experience,” he says.
Training between 30 and 60 hours a week has also helped the Korean-born teenager achieve national honours.
And Seve, who plays for the Akarana Golf Club, feels the trip to Japan will improve his golf even further.
“It’s a chance to compete against other juniors in the world and find out where I stand,” he says.
A desire to earn a living from the sport also has the year 12 student eyeing golfing opportunities overseas when he finishes school.
“I want to get a scholarship to the United States or Australia.
“I want to try to move into the PGA but I’d like to have a second career path,” he says.
Seve’s coach Stu Thompson says his student has a great driving and putting game.
But Thompson says it’s Seve’s attitude that gives him an extra edge.
“Putting yourself into a competition and knowing how to handle yourself overseas is a good third of the game.
“Sometimes that’s the hardest part of playing golf.”
Swinging for glory: Mt Roskill Grammar student Seve Ha will represent New Zealand at the world junior golf teams championship in Japan next month.