Clayton to play with pro

SHARP SHOOTER: Mudgee youngster Tim Clayton went through his usual training regime on Tuesday, preparing himself for the pro-am tournament next week.
SHARP SHOOTER: Mudgee youngster Tim Clayton went through his usual training regime on Tuesday, preparing himself for the pro-am tournament next week.

Golf prodigy Tim Clayton is hard at work ahead of the NSW Open Junior Pro-Am competition which will be held on November 16 at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club at Luddenham in Sydney’s West.

Clayton will play all 18 holes of the course on the day before the NSW Open Championship on November 17 which will be held at the same venue.

The 15-year-old will play alongside a professional golfer, picked randomly, and two other amateur players in what he hopes will be a good learning experience.

“It’ll be a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Clayton said.

“I don’t mind who I’m paired up with. I’ll go with anybody”.

Tim started golfing six years ago and now visits the Mudgee Golf Club every Tuesday to master his craft.

Clayton doesn’t complicate his approach and tries to focus on the fundamentals.

“I try to keep the ball on the fairway”.

Travelling with Tim will be fellow Mudgee junior Thomas Large who is one of the lucky 74 juniors across the state who were nominated by their clubs.

It'll be a once in a lifetime opportunity

Tim Clayton

On the day after the Pro-Am competition, Mudgee’s Mark Hale will compete in the NSW Open Championship for the second year in-a-row, after qualifying at the Bathurst Golf Open in late October. In 2016, Hale recorded a respectable first-round one-under 71.