Junior golfer one to watch
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.