Ju­nior golfer on his way to the top

Taupo Times - - FRONT PAGE -

STEPH RANGI A ju­nior golfer has achieved a sin­gle fig­ure hand­i­cap and also made the fi­nals of the Taupo¯ Men’s Cham­pi­onship.

Thir­teen-year-old Wil­son Sim­monds, who is a mem­ber of the Taupo¯ Golf Club’s ju­nior sec­tion, has been on a mis­sion this year, in par­tic­u­lar, to get his hand­i­cap down into the sin­gle fig­ures.

As of last week, he was sit­ting on a 9.5 hand­i­cap.

Ju­nior golf co-or­di­na­tor, He­len Clel­land said it was quite an achieve­ment, es­pe­cially for some­one as young as Wil­son.

‘‘We con­grat­u­late Wil­son on this well-de­served achieve­ment af­ter many hours of prac­tice.’’

Clel­land said that Wil­son has shown a strong de­sire to be the best he can at golf by prac­tic­ing and tak­ing ad­vice from Re­nee Fowler, the club pro­fes­sional.

Wil­son has been part of the Taupo¯ Golf Club’s ju­nior sec­tion for only three years but has man­aged to make a name for him­self in that short time.

While play­ing in Bay of Plenty Golf ju­nior events he also played matches against se­nior play­ers in the Taupo¯ Men’s Cham­pi­onships.

Wil­son will be tak­ing on one of Taupo¯’s top golfers, Ja­son McIn­tosh - who al­ready has his name on the cham­pi­onship tro­phy mul­ti­ple times - in the men’s cham­pi­onship fi­nals which will tee off early next month.

Wil­son comes from a strong golf­ing fam­ily but only took up golf af­ter his Nan went to the Golf Mas­ters in Amer­ica and bought him back some golf clothes.

In his first year of golf, he en­tered the Mini Mas­ters cham­pi­onship and man­aged to come sec­ond. He also en­tered into last year’s Mini Mas­ters with a num­ber of other Taupo¯ ju­nior golfers.

Golf has been a good sport for Wil­son and he re­ally en­joys the days he can play with golfers his own age.

Wil­son’s in­spi­ra­tional golfers are Jor­dan Spi­eth and Rickey Fowler and he said he even likes to wear the bright orange on the course, just like Fowler.

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Ju­nior golfer, Wil­son Sim­monds, has man­aged a sin­gle fig­ure hand­i­cap.

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