By STEVE ARCHBOLD
HAVING Woods as a surname is certainly appropriate for one of Woolgoolga's rising golf stars.
Nathan Woods is only 15 but he already has his sights set on a career in a game where he is showing plenty of promise.
"I just wish I was half as good as Tiger even though Mum always jokes that I will be the next white Tiger," Nathan said.
Woods was one of a seven-strong Mid North Coast team named last week for the country championships at Dubbo, another feather in the cap of this talented youngster.
He was selected after regional trials held in Grafton where he shot 76 and 81 over two days of competition.
The team also includes junior Daniel Molles, Jason Barby, Logan Toms from Woolgoolga and Bonville duo Toran Rex and Peter Owen.
Nathan has been in superb form in recent weeks taking out the junior division of the Woolgoolga RSL Golf Club championships and finishing runner-up in A grade gross and winning the A grade nett.
He was actually leading the A grade gross after two rounds but slipped back to second after the third round and couldn't peg back the deficit in the final round.
"It's good to play against the other A graders because it is a bigger challenge than playing in the juniors," Nathan said.
While Nathan is strong off the tee getting plenty of yardage with his shots, he believes he can improve his greens in regulation ratio.
He is keen to get his handicap down from seven to three to qualify for a trainee professional position at Woolgoolga.
"When I started three years ago it was for fun but I liked it so much I kept playing," he said.