Toran Rex . . . says the Mazda NSW PGA Trainee Championships, held recently at  Coffs Harbour, was a great learning experience.
Toran Rex . . . says the Mazda NSW PGA Trainee Championships, held recently at Coffs Harbour, was a great learning experience.

Rex relishes the experience

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

STARTING his final round of the recent Mazda NSW PGA Trainee Championships at Coffs Harbour, Bonville PGA trainee Toran Rex was sitting in equal 10th place on the leaderboard.

Halfway through the final round he was even with the card for the day and then disaster struck.

On the back nine, Rex's game unravelled to the point where he went from two strokes off second place to finishing tied for 22nd.

Ask Rex about the experience and he obviously has some regrets but he also says that he was happy to still be playing on the fourth day.

"It was the first cut I made in 18 months of trying," the 25-year-old said.

"The first one I was diabolical, the second one I was a bit better and the last one was really good until the last nine.

"It was a learning experience and I took a lot out of it about how to handle the situation when you're under pressure."

Rex has been at Bonville for five years filling various roles but it's only been over the last 18 months that he's been employed as a trainee pro.

There's many parts of the job that he enjoys but he rates teaching and helping other golfers as the best aspect of the job.

"That's obviously a great enjoyment factor of the job," he said.

"I love hearing feedback and find that people I've helped have actually improved. I get a great kick out of it.

"Let's face it, golf is a hard game and if you can help someone be better and the joy they get out of that, well it's a buzz for me as well."

As well as travelling to play in various events anywhere between Sydney and Brisbane, Rex is also required to work 38 hours a week and do a number of assignments as part of the education process.

This year Rex has been required to complete 23 assignments.

"The second year is the toughest," he explained.

"Next year the playing requirements get harder but the assignments drop down to about 15 for the year.

"They're longer but they're not as intense."

When Rex has completed his traineeship in a year's time, he sees himself becoming a travelling man.

Europe is his main goal and he hasn't ruled out trying to qualify for a few events to help pay some bills while he's there.



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