Jarryd’s drive to succeed

Canning Vale golfer Jarryd Felton finished 25th in the WA Open.
Canning Vale golfer Jarryd Felton finished 25th in the WA Open.

He was one of two WA representatives selected to compete in the Spirit International in Texas, the Juan Carlos Tailhade and Argentine Amateur Championship.

Felton was chosen after winning a number of amateur events in September, including the City of Perth Championships and Mandurah Open.

He also won the Gosnells Open on his home course.

His international ranking has risen from the 400s to 85.

The 18-year-old finished 25th in the WA Open on October 13 and was awarded the Terry Gale Trophy for the leading amateur in the field.

‘I was tied fifth after three rounds but fell back to 25th in the end,’ he said.

‘It was a good learning experience, I played really well and it made me realise I can match it with the pros.’

Felton said he had been playing golf since he was four years old because of his dad’s influence.

‘My dad and uncle would play together and as a kid, I picked it up from them,’ he said.

‘I think I’m definitely on track to play professionally, the WA Open was a good stepping stone.’

Felton said he hoped to move to America and eventually play in the PGA Tour.

‘My parents alright with me moving there, they’re happy for me to do what I love,’ He said.

He flew to Queensland last week to compete in the Keperra Bowl and the Queensland Stroke Play as an amateur.

Felton said the Spirit International this month would be his first overseas golf trip.