Hoy is game to be a golfer
By DARRYN NUFER firstname.lastname@example.org
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.