Teen tees off with tournament success

Jarryd Felton has quickly climbed the world amateur golf rankings.
Jarryd Felton has quickly climbed the world amateur golf rankings.

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 great 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 where he captured the Mandurah Amateur and City of Perth Championship.

He will play in several events in the United States mid-year in a bid to continue scaling the rankings.

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

‘My goal has been to break into the top 50 and now I am well past that. I want to keep improving my game and I have been 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.

‘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, 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 learned the tricks of the trade here, so it is always good to come back home.’