Ju­nior golfer one to watch

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

Jack Trower lives at Mata­mata Golf Course – well, right next to it.

But if you ask his par­ents if it was a strate­gi­cally planned move to hone their po­ten­tial golf­ing su­per star son’s skills, the an­swer you will get is no.

The 11-year-old Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent has been out­stand­ing at a num­ber of tour­na­ments.

At the Ju­nior Tiger Golf Tour­na­ment in Palmer­ston North, Jack came sec­ond in his age group competition.

He was up against 14 other New Zealand golfers af­ter win­ning and qual­i­fy­ing at the Waikato re­gion’s Tiger Tour­na­ment.

‘‘I thought I was go­ing to come sev­enth for some rea­son, so when I came sec­ond I was re­ally proud,’’ he said.

Jack’s mum Louise said ev­ery­one in the fam­ily had a bet on what Jack’s re­sult would be.

‘‘I thought he had a good chance of com­ing third,’’ she said. He is so good that he hangs around and plays with the ‘‘big boys’’ at Mata­mata Golf Club.

‘‘Lyall Wil­son has been so great. I would like to thank him for help­ing me,’’ Jack said.

Jack started play­ing golf with his grand­par­ents at Ti­rau Golf Club when he was seven.

‘‘I went along and my grandad said he thought I was pretty good.’’

If he can achieve a sin­gle fig­ure hand­i­cap his dad has promised to buy him a new set of golf clubs.

Jack gave up rugby and cricket to fo­cus on golf and prac­tises nearly ev­ery day af­ter school.

‘‘Peo­ple say I should be do­ing my home­work be­fore I go and prac­tise but I have to make sure there is enough light to prac­tise my golf. I al­ways do my home­work at night; it’s still im­por­tant.’’

And in terms of the fu­ture, in typ­i­cal 11-year-old style Jack doesn’t want to make any as­sump­tions about what he’s go­ing to be when he grows up.

‘‘I don’t re­ally know what I am go­ing to do,’’ he said. ‘‘If I get to the PGA I’m go­ing to take my mum with me.’’

Nat­u­ral: Mata­mata’s Jack Trower came sec­ond in the Ju­nior Tiger Golf Tour­na­ment held in Palmer­ston North.

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