Charlie will pick Jason any Day
By DARRYN NUFER
ASK Charlie Earp who he thinks has the potential to be the next big thing in Australian golf and you will get a prompt reply: "Jason Day''.
The Morning Bulletin yesterday caught up with the former coach of the Great White Shark, who is in Yeppoon hosting a how-to golf week clinic at Rydges Capricorn Resort.
Earp, who is running the clinic with long-time Wynnum Golf Club professional Paul King, was full of praise for Rockhampton product Day, an Australian and World Junior champion.
"He (Day) is the most outstanding junior in the world,'' Earp said.
"He's won more junior tournaments than any other golfer had at his age.
"His performances are equivalent to Tiger Woods at the same age.
"He could be the next one. I just don't want to put too much pressure on him because he's got enough as it is.''
As to whether Australia could produce another Greg Norman, Earp remained doubtful.
"I don't know whether you will ever have another Greg Norman. "As Curtis Strange once said: 'It wouldn't matter if I won 14 US Opens I wouldn't have the impact that Greg Norman did on the golfing world'.''
The how-to golf week clinic has kept Earp on the go, with range practice followed by a playing session and competition on most days.
However the Greg Norman Foundation president did manage to cast an eye over some of the talent at the Yeppoon Junior Open at the weekend. And he liked what he saw. "The talent is there.
"It just depends what they (youngsters) want to do later in life.
"If they have the vision and will they can do whatever they want.''
Earp said Rydges had impressed him with their commitment to junior talent, especially by offering the top boy and girl junior golfer an invitation to the annual Pro Am.
"While you've got that happening you've got a chance (of producing a champion).