Local golfer’s career is on the upswing

Canning Vale golfer Jarryd Felton. Picture: Marcelo Palacios
Canning Vale golfer Jarryd Felton. Picture: Marcelo Palacios

The Canning Vale teenager was ranked 560th in the world amateur golf rankings one year ago but has surged to a career high 28 after a string of impressive victories.

Felton (18) has won successive tournaments at the NSW Amateur and Tasmanian Open to continue his stellar form from the end of last year, when he captured the Mandurah Amateur and City of Perth Championship.

He will play in a number of events in the United States mid-year in a bid to continue his rise.

The former Canning Vale College student admitted his whirlwind achievements had surprised but he was confident of further progression.

‘My goal has been to break into the top 50 and now I am well past that,’ he said. ‘I want to keep improving my game and I have been particularly working on putting.

‘The mental side is really important in golf and I think it is an area I have really improved during the past six months.’

Felton hoped to climb to the top of the amateur rankings before trying to crack the professional circuit.

‘I want to become the number one amateur player in the world,’ he said. ‘At the end of the year, I plan to go to tour school to become a professional golfer.

‘That is what I am aiming for.

‘Currently I travel for tournaments every second week, so it is a pretty hectic schedule but I am really enjoying it.’

When he is not travelling or playing tournaments, Felton works at Gosnells Golf Club, the place where his golf journey started and blossomed.

‘I work at the golf shop and behind the bar at the club,’ he said.

‘I have been a member here for 10 years and it is where I started playing golf when I was eight years old. I have learnt the tricks of the trade here, so it is always good to come back home.’