HE might share a first name with one of Australia’s most famous tennis stars, but Lleyton Palmer is all about swinging clubs, not racquets.
Not typically a sport associated with children, Lleyton said it was his father and uncle who started his love of golf.
“I first got into golf at a very young age when my dad put a plastic set of clubs in my hands and some plastic balls down at Bibra Lake Golf Range, however it never really stuck with me,” he said.
“Then when I was eight, my uncle was taking my cousin down to Royal Fremantle Golf Club to start the cadet program and asked if dad and I wanted to join.
“It all just took off from then and ever since then I have had a love for the game and played it whenever the chance came up.”
Recently named in the WA team to compete in the School Sports Australia golf competition in South Australia this August, the Year 12 Seton Catholic College student said he was honoured to be representing his state in the upcoming competition.
“I feel a sense of achievement being selected because it is a result of all of the hard work that I have put in, especially during this last 12 months or so,” he said.
“I honestly feel like we will do really well as a team.
“The boys and I have been putting in a lot of hard work this year and we have all been in good form, playing some good golf to be selected so I feel like if the hard work continues then we will definitely see some success, hopefully coming home with the victory.”
The School Sports Australia golf tournament will be held in Adelaide from August 14-19.