Ris­ing star chal­lenges on course

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

Nu­murkah Golf Club hosted one of Aus­tralia’s up and com­ing stars dur­ing last Wed­nes­day’s pro-am.

Day one of the Greater Shep­par­ton Masters tour­na­ment (a two­day event), Nu­murkah hosted Echuca’s Jack Wil­son, 27.

Wil­son was named trainee of the year in 2012 and be­came the first ever trainee to win an Aus­tralian Tour Event, tak­ing out the WA Gold­fields PGA in 2013.

And al­though he did not win this tour­na­ment, he came close to tak­ing out day one at Nu­murkah — just one shot off the day’s win­ner, Ash Hall.

Wil­son se­cured a stel­lar six un­der par per­for­mance on the Nu­murkah course, which in­cluded an ea­gle on the par five first and a fur­ther two birdies on the front nine.

A dou­ble bo­gey blem­ished the af­ter­noon on the par three 17th to give Wil­son a 67 score­card.

The sec­ond round at Mooroopna Golf Club was a dif­fer­ent story al­to­gether.

Af­ter see­ing out the front nine with an im­pres­sive three birdies and no bo­geys, Wil­son hit three bo­geys and a soli­tary birdie to fin­ish the af­ter­noon at 72 on the par 73 course.

The score­card left Wil­son tied for sixth place.

Wil­son told the Courier he was pleased with his per­for­mance af­ter the first day’s play at Nu­murkah.

‘‘They’ve re­ally got it right out here — the greens are im­mac­u­late and it’s a bit of a party at­mos­phere which I love,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s al­ways a plea­sure com­ing back to your roots and grow­ing up in this area just around the cor­ner has meant I’ve been able to play on some amaz­ing cour­ses right on my doorstep.

‘‘(The course is) a credit to the peo­ple that work so hard to main­tain it, I mean just look at it — it’s in fan­tas­tic nick,’’ he said.

Af­ter his sixth equal po­si­tion in the Greater Shep­par­ton Masters, Wil­son went on to score a per­sonal and course record at the Healesville Pro-Am on the week­end.

On the par 68 course, Wil­son man­aged to get around in just 58 shots.

On shot: Jack Wil­son went close to tak­ing out day one of the Greater Shep­par­ton Masters.Pic­ture: pga

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