Young gun ready for US challenge

Just 10, Terry Hatzis will contest three upcoming tournaments in the US.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie         www.communitypix.com.au   d436132
Just 10, Terry Hatzis will contest three upcoming tournaments in the US. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d436132

The Mt Lawley Golf Club member, who hits off an 18 handicap, will compete in the Future Champions Golf International and the IMG Academy Junior World Championships in San Diego, as well as the World Stars of Junior Golf in Las Vegas.

Terry played in several US tournaments when he was just seven, but was then one of the youngest in his group.

�There was a lot of difference in strength then,� he said.

The St Andrew�s Grammar School Year 6 student said he was aiming for a top 10 or 20 finish.

�I don�t really care if I don�t win, I just want to stay competitive throughout the rounds and try my best,� Terry said.

The youngster�s other goal is to reduce his handicap to 0 by the time he turns 12.

He is already well on the way after lowering his handicap by 10 last year.

Terry started playing golf at age five after his father Chris noticed he showed some good skills while playing a Tiger Woods PGA Tour game on the Nintendo.

�He was hitting balls like a pro,� Chris said.

Terry started lessons with Donna Crouch at the Maylands Peninsula Golf Course and then the WA Golf Club in Yokine.

�He started beating me when he was six, so I stopped playing,� Chris, who now caddies for his son, said.

Terry�s grandfather Tryfon has sponsored him for the 2015 US Tour, but the family is seeking sponsors for the aspiring golf professional.