Harvey's ready to face off against golfing's best youngsters
WITH encouraging words from one of the world's top golfers ringing in his ears, Tintenbar's Harvey Remfrey is ready to face some of the country's best young golfers.
The 10-year-old player will represent New South Wales at the forthcoming School Sport Australia National Championships after winning the state qualifying competition.
Promising Harvey also recently returned from a coaching trip to America, where he rubbed shoulders with other talented juniors.
He also earned words of praise from 2001 PGA Tour Champion and former world top five player David Toms, who was hitting at the same course in New Orleans.
"David said he was glad he might not play much longer with young players like Harvey around," proud Dad Nigel said.
"That was lovely to hear."
Teven-Tintenbar Public School pupil Harvey booked his place in the national event after taking the recent two-day 36-hole boys overall scratch title
The Year Five pupil, who plays off a handicap of 10, sealed a three-shot win at Port Macquarie Golf Club after firing scores of 79 and 81.
As well as representing his state in the event, the group will also watch top pros in action at a Pro-Am tournament coinciding with the Australian Masters in Melbourne.
Harvey, who took up the game as an infant after his grandmother gave him a set of plastic clubs, said he liked the individual nature of the sport.
"I like team sports, but I like how you don't have to rely on other people (in golf)," he said.
"When you are playing well, it is good fun.
"It can be frustrating, but sometimes when I get angry it helps me play well."
Remfrey senior said his son, who is also travelling to New Zealand soon to take part in a prestigious Jack Newton Junior Golf event, had the natural attributes to succeed in the sport. "Harvey has always had a fairly good swing," he said. "It was a matter of him developing and working on his putting.
"It was great to see him win a fairly strong competition. It will help his self-confidence.
"We will give him every opportunity we can to help him reach his full potential.
"We are proud of him."