Patrick Ryan wants to take his golfing career one hole at a time.
At 14, the Carlingford teenager doesn’t know if he wants to take his passion into being a career but got a taste of the professional golfing life at Wednesday’s NSW Open Junior Pro-Am.
Selected as the Muirfield Golf Club representative for the round, Patrick was one of 74 junior golfers from across NSW to play on the tournament-ready NSW Open course at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club.
He said it was a good feeling to be selected and get to play a round with an Australasian PGA Tour professional.
“I didn’t know about it until this year so it’s good to be part of it,” Patrick said. “I’m really excited because I always like playing new courses and playing at Twin Creeks should be a good experience.”
Patrick got his first set of clubs when he was seven and fell in love with the game.
Taking up competitive golf at 10, Patrick is a product of the Muirfield Golf Club junior system.
He said it was exciting to be selected as the club’s representative for the event.
“There’s a good junior program here and for every year for the past two or three years, I’ve done the junior pennants program,” he said. “There’s a group of six guys from Muirfield and we’re all good mates so it’s pretty fun.”
With four years of competition under his belt, Patrick doesn’t know if he wants to go professional in the future.
As a year 8 student at Cumberland High School, he said he’s still focused on studying and enjoying his golf.
“It’s a fun game and is relaxing compared to team sports like soccer or footy,” he said.
“It’s not as full-on and it’s a great environment around the golf club. Everyone knows each other and you get to see a bunch of people you know and it’s a good vibe.”
The NSW Open Junior Pro-Am was played on Wednesday as a precursor to the NSW Open, which will tee off on Thursday and run until Sunday, November 19 at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in Luddenham.