Former test cricketer Greg Ritchie.
Former test cricketer Greg Ritchie. Chris Ison

Golf would have been better

WHETHER Greg Ritchie could have been a superstar in another sport is something we’ll never know.

The former Australian Test cricketer was in Rockhampton last week and said his lifelong passion has been golf.

As a teenager, Ritchie was a talented golfer and cricketer and was forced to make the difficult decision of choosing between the two.

Ritchie chose cricket and, as they say, the rest is history.

Not one to regret his decision to pursue cricket, Ritchie said it could’ve been a whole lot different, and if he had it all over again he would’ve taken a different path.

“Golf has always been my passion,” he said.

“I would’ve always rather been a golfer than a cricketer.

“If someone had asked me what I wanted to do, and I could go back and do it, I would’ve said a professional golfer.”

Ritchie recently returned to Australia after a four-year stint in the US, based largely in Florida, where he and his wife – one of Australia’s greatest ever professional golfers – Rachel Hetherington, pursued her golf career.

On the wave of Jason Day’s performance at the 2011 Masters tournament, Ritchie believes the 23-year-old has an enormous future in the sport.

“I watched Jason Day just the other day and you see a swing as pure as that of Greg Norman,” he said.

“The top guys always possess a great, natural technique. Adam Scott’s got a great technique, not as good as Day’s, but still a good technique.

“I think you’re going to see him become Australia’s next great golfer.”

Ritchie, who plays off a handicap of two, arrived in Rockhampton on Tuesday to launch a fundraising dinner to help raise much-needed funds for the Mayoress Regional Charity Foundation Flood Recovery Appeal.

The dinner has been organised through the support of former Australian Wallabies great Dan Crowley and Mayoress Gail Carter and will be sponsored by Queensland-based coal exploration company, Guildford Coal.

Ritchie and Crowley will be joined by leading NRL identity and former NSW State of Origin coach Phil Gould.

Crowley will MC the event to be held at the CQ Leagues Club on Thursday, May 12.

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