OUTSTANDING golf prospect Reid Brown from Wingham has made a winning start to his 2017 campaign.
The 17-year-old claimed his first Taree Open last Saturday when firing a one under the card. While he was pleased with that effort, Brown is particularly chuffed with his performancein Sydney in January when he won the four day Jack Newton Junior Week of Golf. This was conducted over four courses, with Brown finally getting the decision after a playoff.
Brown is the Manning River Times-Iguana Sportstar of the Week, earning a $50 open order at Iguana.
He rated his game in the Taree Open as solid.
“I’ll take a one under par score any day,’’ he said, although he admits his putting wasn’t a strong point of the round.
However, he said his performance in the prestigious Jack Newton event could have lasting ramifications on his future path. The win automatically qualifies him to play in the Bonville Champions in Coffs Harbour in December.
“I tried last year to qualify last year but just missed out,’’ he said.
“So it’s good to get a win early this year.’’
Brown admitted his form over the four days was a bit inconsistent.
“But I kept hanging in,’’ he said.
Despite this Brown was four off the pace going into the last round at Muirfield but forced his way back into contention with a one under 68, although at one stage seven players were in contention for top honours. He then had to survive a playoff against Jackson Hall from Concord to book himself a berth at Bonville, Brown getting the decision on the first hole.
Brown is currently playing pennants with Pymble for the second year. He was unbeaten in 2016 although he has suffered a couple of losses this time around. However, he returned to the winner’s circle last weekend and is now looking for a big finish to the pool games.
“We’re won two of our three games, so hopefully we’ll go on and win our pool,’’ he said.
Brown travels to Sydney on Fridays with his dad, Rod and usually plays on Saturday before lining up for pennants on the Sunday. At this stage the travel hasn’t bothered him.
Brown was selected in the Australian All Schools team last year following the national championships held in Adelaide, where he was a member of the NSW team.
Under the vagaries of the rules he is ineligible for selection this year, but still hopes to play in State schools events to be played at Taree in May.
He’s in year 12 at Wingham High. He practices every day on his home course and while he has a busy playing schedule, he assured he can mix golf and study for the HSC.
Reid Brown speaking at the Manning Australia Day celebrations, where he was named the Ken McDonald Memorial Sportstar of the Year after being named in the Australian All Schools team. He has started his 2017 campaign strongly.
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