Bear? catches golfing bug
By TONY WHITE
YOUNG Lawrence golfer Ben Murdoch reckons American super star Tiger Woods is 'heaps good.'
The 11-year-old Lawrence Public School Year 5 student took up golf only seven months back but he's already contracted the golfing 'bug'.
Nicknamed 'Benny The Bear' by locals at Lawrence Golf Club, Ben has been chosen to represent his school in the North-West School Sports Asso- ciation Junior Golf Classic at Armidale Golf Club on May 22.
"I let them (Lawrence School) know I played golf and they gave me a note to bring home saying I could represent the school," Ben said of his selection.
His entry into golf, as with most youngsters, came via a family member.
"My uncle John took me to caddy for him one day," Ben recalled. "I was thinking about playing for ages and finally decided to play.
"I really like it (golf). Uncle John and Ken Trim have been helping me out a lot."
Ben is now off a junior handicap of 36 at Lawrence Golf Club but intends on whittling his handicap down over coming months.
"I got some new clubs for Christmas, PGF irons and Brosnan drivers," Ben said. "I normally play every Sunday and sometimes on Saturday and practise in my backyard a lot.
"I'm trying to practise as much as I can before I go away."
Over the weekend Ben has been glued to the TV screen watching his hero Tiger Woods and the world's best golfers do battle in the Masters at famed Augusta, America.
Ben's mother Jenny confirmed her son's new passion.
"Yes, he absolutely loves golf," she said.
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