Young golfer's hopes are bright
BRENTON Parrish may already be the envy of golf tragics everywhere, but he hopes his journey in the sport is just starting.
The 21-year-old is preparing to test his skills against some of Australia's best budding golfers at the upcoming Coca-Cola Rich River Trainee Classic.
Parrish is also busy completing his third year as the Lismore Workers Golf Club trainee pro.
He hopes the role will help pave the way for a future career on the Australasian tour circuit one day.
"I guess I do have what could be seen as a dream job for a lot of people," Parrish said.
"My dream in the future is to be a player.
"It's obviously a dream throughout your childhood to make it (as a golfer). It would mean everything to me."
Lismore born-and-bred Parrish took up golf about seven years ago and was immediately hooked.
"I played soccer and cricket before, but I just got straight into golf," he said.
"I like how it's an individual sport. I like the mental side of things too."
Parrish, who has a club handicap of +5, started working at the Barham St club shortly after leaving Lismore High School.
His "full on" varied duties include assisting competitions and players with their equipment, coaching and working in the club shop with pro Peter Jaeger.
He must also undertake studies
covering golf-related playing and academic duties, including financial
planning, media and coaching.
"It is 38 hours a week, but it can run to 80 with everything added in," he said.
"It's good working on a country course. "There's no 'yes sir, no sir' here.
"Peter is a good boss to work for and the members are really cruisy.
"I hope I can be a role model for some of the good juniors we have here as well."
The four-day Classic, which starts next Tuesday, boasts more than $30,000 prize-money.
Right-hander Parrish will be joined at the event by Chris Hawkins and Dylan Stollery, trainees at the Ballina and Byron Bay clubs respectively.
Despite the tough competition ahead, the Lismore player said he was aiming for a top 10 finish.
"I've been working on the technical side of my game," he said.
"Hopefully I can go well."
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