GOLF ACE: Trinity Catholic College student Jack Harlen-Robertson won the Northern Rivers junior championship at Murwillumbah recently.
GOLF ACE: Trinity Catholic College student Jack Harlen-Robertson won the Northern Rivers junior championship at Murwillumbah recently. Contributed

Junior champ's game to the fore

AT JUST 16 years of age, Lismore Golf Club's Jack Harlen-Robertson is playing off a handicap of zero.

Not only does Jack possess the talent and tenacity

to forge a career in a profession so many can only dream about, he has the work ethic to make his dream a reality.

In hot blustery conditions at Murwillumbah on Sunday, and despite the greens staff seemingly trying out some new back-marker pin positions, Jack ground out a tough two-over par to clinch the Murwillumbah Junior Open, as well as becoming the 2017 Northern Rivers District Golf Association Junior Champion.

According to Lismore Golf Club president Phil Creary, a quality field contesting Sunday's event from a range of Northern Rivers golf clubs and this made for a tough competition.

"But Jack held his nerve to the last hole with a couple of solid pars at the finish to cement his victory,” he said.

"Jack took home the trophy and prizemoney which he says he's going to invest in some new wedges.”

Creary said the rising star has accumulated some great victories since he won Lismore's Club Championship and Junior Championship earlier this year.

The year 11 Trinity Catholic College student said golf has been a lifetime passion.

"My dad has always had me chipping and putting since I was aged four,” he said.

”He's been a great influence, he got me into the game and we have never stopped.”

He said his coach Richard Woodhouse from KDV Sport in Nerang was also a great mentor.

Jack said his timetable pretty much consists of golf, school, golf, sleeping, golf, meals, golf and more golf.

"I practise every day from 4-6pm or to 6.30 during daylight saving, then I go home and study until 9pm,” he said.

"On the weekends, well on Saturday, I play all day and then play Sunday mornings and do homework in the afternoons.”

Unsurprisingly, Jack

is aiming for a career

in the sport, which he said means he hopes to go to the US.

He said he's about to sit his SAT exam, which students in the US sit before attending college.

"My plan is to have a career by getting a golf scholarship in the US and follow my dreams over there,” he said.

"I'm still in the development state of AusRecruit, who help colleges recruit athletes.”

"Golf for me offers the challenge to compete against yourself,” he said.

"The solitude golf offers is good to keep yourself on track.”

Next up for Jack are two Queensland competitions.

"On September 19, I'll be at the Gary Player Championship, a four-day event at Pacific Golf Club, then I'm playing in the Hills Junior Classic, which is a two-day event at The Hills Golf Club,” he said.

"Then I have a few days off before heading down to the Jack Newton Srixon International Junior Classic, a four-day event at Cypress Lakes.”

Meanwhile, Creary said everyone at the club is behind the young champion.

"This will be a tough two- week stint at the end of the month for Jack, with some serious competition in the mix,” he said.

"Congratulations Jack, you are representing Lismore with great honour and we wish you well.”

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