Jarryd Felton: WA’s Newest Secret Weapon
Jarryd Felton’s selection by Golf Australia for the two-man squad to travel to Argentina follows an incredible start to the Australian amateur season that already sees the 18-year-old with three top amateur titles to his credit.
Felton won back-to-back at the City of Perth Championship and against a very strong field at the Mandurah Amateur, as well as a few week’s back at the Queensland Amateur Stroke-play title.
Over this period, Felton’s world amateur R&A ranking has climbed from the mid-300s to 76th and it continues to move higher.
Felton’s aim is to get inside the desired top-50 within the next twelve months and, with his current run of form, achieving this goal appears to be a matter of not “if”, but “when”.
“I am relatively pleased with how may game is travelling,” says Felton.
“I’m learning how to close out an event and win. My mental side of the game has improved heaps and I’m keeping my course management under control. Overall, my game has come a long way from where I was say twelve to eighteen months ago.”
Felton also finished 25th in the Western Australian Open back in October and was awarded the Terry Gale Trophy for the leading amateur in the field. Playing against the professionals was a challenge, but something Felton cherished from the experience.
“I was tied fifth after three rounds but fell back to 25th in the end,” says Felton.
“It was a good learning experience, I played really well and it made me realise I can match it with the pros. It gave me some perspective where I am at and how much more hard work I have to do, but it was worth it.”
Felton has been playing golf since he was four years old and like many of our emerging amateurs was introduced to the game through his dad’s influence.
“My dad and uncle would play together and as a kid, I picked it up from them,” he said.
“Then by the time I was fourteen, I was really into the game. I just love the practice and competing to win.”
The Juan Carlos Tailhade Cup and the Argentine Amateur Championship this month will be Felton’s first overseas golf experience, yet he plans to travel next year to play the main UK and US events.
At present Felton knows he needs to get inside the world’s top-50 as that makes entry into the bigger international amateur events easier.
Missing the selector’s eye in the recently named Golf Australia’s National Squad, with all the trappings associated with it, was but a temporary setback for the Western Australian. Instead, Felton continues to focus on the positives.
“I know if I work hard my game will follow,” says Felton.
“This is the first big season I’ve had and with plans to play next year in the US, that’s what I’m focusing upon. It’s hard to get that experience unless you play in the US and that’s where you can make you’re move on the world ranking, where you get noticed and that’s where you can make a real impact.”