Golfer shoots 63 on home course
FOR the past 12 months Yamba golf professional Adam Wiseman has been watching and learning from the best players the golf world has to offer.
Last weekend Wiseman put his knowledge into action, slashing the Yamba Golf and Country Club course record by two shots.
Wiseman carded a nine-under round of 63 - including eight birdies in the final 11 holes - but unfortunately his scintillating round will not be recognised in the record books.
“I wasn't hitting off the back markers,” Wiseman said.
“It was an unbelievable round ... everything was as big as a bucket.
“It's not often you shoot a 63.”
Wiseman spent 2008 working at the prestigious Queenwood Golf Course in the United Kingdom, caddying for the likes of Ernie Eels, Darren Clark and Adam Scott.
“I was lined up to play a round with Adam Scott, but it fell through,” he said.
“The best thing I learned from watching them (professional golfers) was the mental side, staying focused, hitting the right shots and just playing simple golf.”
Wiseman had such a friendly relationship with the some of the world's greatest golfers, he was offered tickets to Europe's only major, the British Open.
“I watched as Greg Norman took the lead of the Open,” he said.
A longing to see the Clarence Valley sunshine tempted Wiseman back to his hometown, where he noticed a lack of junior golfers on the fairways.
“It was a bad summer in England, it was wet and windy ... I guess I'm just used to Yamba's weather,” he said.
“When I was a kid I used to play a lot of golf with my mates ... we used to encourage each other to play.”
Wiseman and the club's junior co-ordinator Ross Turner will provide free training to any school child under the age of 18 to try and boost the number of juniors playing the game.
Wiseman said he 'loved teaching' and will hopefully impart his vast knowledge to the eager young golfers of the Clarence Valley.
“If we can get 50 kids playing then we will have the club back to where it once was,” Wiseman said.
“Who knows, one of the kids could be the next professional.”
As for making his round of 63 official, Wiseman will just have to wait until the next competition match.
“It's hard to keep scoring like that ... but that's the challenge of golf,” he said.
The Yamba Golf and Country Club's free 30-minute junior training clinics will be run every Tuesday from February 3.
For more information contact Wiseman on 0405 479 453 or the pro shop on 6646 1656.
“It was an unbelievable round ... everything was as big as a bucket.”