Junior golfer on his way to the top
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.
Junior golfer, Wilson Simmonds, has managed a single figure handicap.