By TONY WHITE
AT age four Adam Wiseman first picked up an old golf club hitting a ball around the backyard of his grandparents, Joyce and Alec Boyd's Maclean home.
The ritual went on for around two years, until Wisemen became interested in other pursuits.
By age 10, thanks to his mates who had taken up playing golf, Wiseman took to the fairways seriously.
Four and a half years later during a 12 month period, Wiseman's handicaped dwindled from 27 to 4 after being allowed to play in the men's competition at Yamba Golf Club.
Earlier this month, the long hitting 23-year-old climbed to No.1 trainee professional ranking against a field in excess of 500 throughout Australia.
"I couldn't believe it. I've been buzzing ever since the rankings came out," Wiseman said.
"I thought I was going well, but to get the number one ranking ? sensational.
"It's unbelievable news. I'm still in shock."
Wiseman, attached to the Queensland PGA and under the guidance of Yamba Golf Club professional Col Saunders, has played 10 of 13 pro-am tournaments since the series began in early February.
He is currently averaging 2.75 under par, a fabulous achievement.
"Because of the long distances involved, we play a pro-am tournament most Mondays, I haven't been able to go in all of them, but so far I've managed to win two events at Indooroopilly and Logan City," Wiseman said.
"I shot two under 70 at Indooroopilly and a four under 68 at Logan City.
"Each round you play counts towards the rankings.
"I've worked really hard on my golf, I've been doing a lot of practice and I love practising.
"This (topping the rankings) doesn't just come. It takes hard work. Col has worked very hard with me and I take every opportunity I can get to practise with him."
Saunders described Wiseman's achievement as 'excellent'.
"Adam has a good temperament for the game, his biggest asset is his power hitting. He's very strong," Saunders said.
"He just needs experience. Technically everything's fine in his swing.
"He just needs match practise and he should get that in the coming 12 months as he's been invited to several tournaments."
Wiseman has 18 months to complete his traineeship then he hopes to embark on a professional golf career.
However, had it not been for a decision as a late teenager, he may well have been hitting a black, instead of white ball.
"I was a state squash player with Cameron Pilley, we're real good mates," Wiseman said.
"Cameron was a top golfer too. We had to make a decision on what sport we played ? Cameron stayed in squash and I went to golf."
Wiseman is also good mates with another Yamba golf star ? Michael Brennan ? who this year made his debut on the Australian PGA tour.
"I play a lot with Michael, he's doing good. There's friend- ly rivalry between us," Wiseman said.
"I beat him the other day in an event at River Lakes. It was my turn," Wiseman said.
"Nick Flanagan (Australian player doing well on the US tour) was in the same event."
After completing his traineeship Wiseman hopes to follow in Brennan's footsteps and gain his tour card in Australia.
"The best thing is I'll have my business degree, a coaching certificate and can run my own business," he said.
"But hopefully I can qualify to play on the Australian tour then who knows maybe Asia, Japan, Europe or, like every golfer's dream, America.
"I'd definitely love to travel the world and play golf. That's always been the dream."