Hoy is game to be a golfer

By DARRYN NUFER darryn.nufer@capnews.com.au

JEFFREY Hoy remembers the first time he picked up a golf club like it was yesterday.

The 25-year-old was 16 at the time and living next door to a Rockhamp- ton nine-year-old by the name of Ja- son Day, who went on to become an Australian and World junior cham- pion.

"He kept saying 'Come and play golf, come and play golf','' Hoy recalls.

"I went out and started playing golf with him and look where I am now.''

Hoy is currently in his second year of three training to be a profes- sional.

He hopes to eventually make it on to the Australian tour and "see where it takes me''.

"For the first 12 months I want to get out and play and see how I go.''

In the meantime, Hoy's focus is on his 38-hour-a-week job at Capricorn Country Club's pro shop alongside mentor and local pro Andrew Hum- ble.

"I guess I wouldn't have taken this path if it wasn't for Andrew giv- ing me a job here about five years ago,'' Hoy said.

Hoy has to juggle the job with as- signments which cover everything from business and coaching to club technique and professional skills.

Every now and again he manages an early-morning hit at the driving range while competing in a manda- tory 15 tournaments a year.

"It keeps me busy but it (golf) gets into your blood and you can't get away from it.''

Hoy recently received a boost by se- curing a two-year deal with the Top- Flite Golf Company.



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