Jake McLeod: Sky’s The Limit
At just 15-years-old, Jake McLeod won the World Cup Team Challenge for Australia in Palm Beach, Florida.
Two years later and the former Townsville Golf Club member added another major amateur title to his credit by securing the Queensland Amateur Championship on the weekend.
Jake McLeod (Credit: Anthony Powter)
“It was great to get across the line for another victory,” said McLeod, 18, who is coached by Lee Eagleton at Indooroopilly and played for Oxley Golf Club last year in the Brisbane Pennant series.
“My game is going in the right direction and with each major event my confidence grows. It was a steady week for me, I was striking the ball well and my putting held up under the pressure.”
At the Northern Territory Men’s Golf Championship in May, McLeod won his first major amateur title with an eight-shot win over Fraser Droop.
The victory added to McLeod’s earlier win at the 2012 Golf SA Junior Amateur in June and highlights his promise as one of our best new amateurs following the departure of Daniel Nisbet and Matt Stieger to the professional ranks.
McLeod currently is based in Brisbane where he attends the Hills International College under their ‘Golf Excellent Program’.
The structure and discipline is in stark contrast to McLeod’s early days at Yeppoon Golf Club, 30km east of Rockhampton, where as a 8-year-old his father Ian introduced him to the game.
“Dad got me into the game and I loved it. Ever since its something that I want to do and be able to compete with the best in the world. The desire motivates me to become better and test my game.”
With three tours to the US already to his credit, including a top-35 finish at the 2012 Southern Amateur in Little Rock, McLeod is set to embark upon his first full international season in main amateur golf after three years competing in junior events.
“I’m planning on playing the bigger amateur events in Europe before heading back to the US,” he says.
“I’m a little more experienced this time around, but I still know there’s work to be done with my game to compete with the world’s top amateurs. Everything is going to plan and I’ve a great team supporting me.”
Before then McLeod will compete in the Dunes Medal, Victorian Amateur, pre-qualification for the Australian Open and has scheduled in the Australian Amateur next January.