Felton added to Golf Australia national squad

Australia’s fourth-highest ranked amateur, Jarryd Felton, is the latest addition to the Golf Australia national squad, following his superb form of recent weeks.

The 19-year-old West Australian is closing in on a top-50 spot in the world amateur rankings thanks to his efforts behind eventual winner Cameron Davis in the Australian Amateur Championship in Sydney last month.

Jarryd Felton Jarryd Felton (Credit: Anthony Powter)

After qualifying eighth through the strokeplay phase at The Lakes and The Australian golf clubs, Felton was eventually beaten by eventual finalist Tyler Hodge one-down in what was described as an epic matchplay contest.

Only Ryan Ruffels (19th), Lucas Herbert (22nd) and Taylor James MacDonald (24th) are ranked higher among the Australian amateurs while Cameron Davis has also zoomed up to 58th, a rise of 62 spots, following his Australian Amateur win.

Felton plays his golf out of the Gosnells club in Perth’s southern suburbs and his promotion puts him in an elite squad which includes Ruffels, Herbert, Davis, Zach Murray, Shelly Shin, Brett Coletta, Cory Crawford and Antonio Murdaca in a nine-strong national squad.

Felton also impressed when he finished fifth at the WA PGA Championship in Kalgoorlie in November.

He then backed that up with a win in the highly-rated Dunes Medal on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula later that month.

According to Golf WA coach Ritchie Smith, who is also Felton’s personal coach, the teenage hotshot will grab the opportunity to further his golfing talents.

“He’s obviously a really good ball striker and if he can get his short game to a competitive level with the tour players, I think he’ll turn into a really good, strong player,” Smith said.