Seve’s on form for ju­nior worlds

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Morgan

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.”

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Swing­ing for glory: Mt Roskill Gram­mar stu­dent Seve Ha will rep­re­sent New Zealand at the world ju­nior golf teams cham­pi­onship in Ja­pan next month.

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