North Rockhampton Golf Club pro Andrew Humble.
North Rockhampton Golf Club pro Andrew Humble. Chris Ison ROK100217cnorthrockyg

Humble approach to the tee

GOLF: "Aim straight, swing straight."

It's the golfing lesson Andrew Humble was taught as a 10-year-old sneaking onto the fairways hurrying his father from green to green.

And it's the lesson he instructs to everyone, juniors, amateurs and professionals.

After a five-year spell in Yeppoon, Humble has returned to the North Rockhampton Golf Club as the teaching professional. 

"Yeah, I keep it simple. No big words, nothing hard to understand and hopefully you see results straight away. Aim straight, swing straight," he chuckled of his coaching style.

"I started out as a 10-year-old following Dad around and have been in the game ever since. I just love it.

"Dad would make me pick up the balls after him but I managed to get a fair hit of the ball. Back in those days you couldn't get on the greens until you were 12, so I had to sneak on."

 

North Rockhampton Golf Club pro Andrew Humble.
North Rockhampton Golf Club pro Andrew Humble. Chris Ison ROK100217cnorthrockyg

As a junior, Humble went head-to-head with current PGA tour professionals. Being a realist, he soon discovered he was not quite on par with the best and turned to coaching.

"I grew up playing with John Senden and Rod Pampling every week, that gives you a reality check on where you are as a player compared to those guys on top of the tree," he admitted.

"So pretty early on I had to look at other avenues, so I went into coaching.

"It is good fun seeing the kids enjoying it through their smiles. Kids are easier to please, if they hit a good shot they will want to come back the next week.

"Compared to the old days where you would see 30 odd kids at the club every Saturday morning, now we're seeing none.

"I want to help get kids back playing, primary school kids especially."

READ: What happened when thieves attempted to break into the club last week.

Humble's class of 2004, arguably his claim to fame.

"We had a great group of kids back then, Jason Day was a member, Jeffery Hoy my apprentice here, Ricky Hall played for the state and overseas," he acknowledged.

"Three professionals, US college player, state titles, world titles, regional titles, an amazing array of talents out of this little club. And yes, coached by me, I'd love to replicate that again here.

"Not bad coming from a 12 hole course with a tin shed for a club house."

READ: The North Rocky veteran still inspired by Jason Day.

For North Rocky Club president Kevin Young, having Humble return to the club can only be a plus.

"It is fantastic, he is such a down to earth popular coach. He has an easy teaching method and his track record speaks for itself," Kevin explained.

"He was Jason Day's first coach and has had a large number of players make the grade.

"He was always popular and has a great rapport with all the players, juniors particularly."

 

Club president Kevin Young and pro Andrew Humble at the newly renamed North Rockhampton Golf Club.
Club president Kevin Young and pro Andrew Humble at the newly renamed North Rockhampton Golf Club. Chris Ison ROK100217cnorthrockyg

North Rocky Golf Club were forced to break a 32-year tradition in changing their name from Capricorn Country Club.

It was a hard but unanimous decision late last year.

"We had to alter the constitution just to get a new one and at the same time, all the members felt a name change was due," Kevin said.

"People would get confused with us and the Capricorn Resort. They would go to the wrong place.

"It is a shame to break tradition, Bob Hawke actually opened our club in 1985, there was just too much confusion and it is for the best."



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