Poutney wins national golf title
WHILE receiving plenty of congratulations in the past week around the Coffs Harbour Golf Club, new primary school national golf champion, Jack Pountney, says he feels the same way he did before he won the title.
“It doesn’t feel that much different really,” Pountney said. “It’s just that I have that title now on my resume.”
The 12-year-old claimed the national title while representing NSW in Toowoomba at the recent national titles.
Pountney shot a 78 at the Middle Ridge course and followed this up with a 77 at City Golf Club to win the title by three strokes ahead of Queenslander Jack Trent.
The St Augustine’s student admitted though that winning the individual award was the furthest thing from his mind while he was playing.
“I was just hoping that the team did well because NSW hadn’t beaten Queensland for four years,” he said. “It was really good when I found out that I’d won the individual award.”
The left-hander and his NSW team-mates did win the prestigious Craig Parry Shield.
“Last year it changed to teams events; if I’d won the individual award before that it would’ve been bigger,” he said. “It still is big but you get more credit for the team winning which was good.”
Still receiving plenty of support from his school as well as Coffs Harbour Golf Club professionals, Peter Pearce and Matt Allan, Pountney spent very little time resting on his laurels.
On the weekend he paired up with Jake Vidler to claim the senior/junior foursomes championship with a score of 75 and soon it’s on to the Greg Norman Junior Masters at Coolangatta/Tweed Heads on December 11.