Rising star challenges on course

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Numurkah Golf Club hosted one of Australia’s up and coming stars during last Wednesday’s pro-am.

Day one of the Greater Shepparton Masters tournament (a two-day event), Numurkah hosted Echuca’s Jack Wilson, 27.

Wilson was named trainee of the year in 2012 and became the first ever trainee to win an Australian Tour Event, taking out the WA Goldfields PGA in 2013.

And although he did not win this tournament, he came close to taking out day one at Numurkah — just one shot off the day’s winner, Ash Hall.

Wilson secured a stellar six under par performance on the Numurkah course, which included an eagle on the par five first and a further two birdies on the front nine.

A double bogey blemished the afternoon on the par three 17th to give Wilson a 67 scorecard.

The second round at Mooroopna Golf Club was a different story altogether.

After seeing out the front nine with an impressive three birdies and no bogeys, Wilson hit three bogeys and a solitary birdie to finish the afternoon at 72 on the par 73 course.

The scorecard left Wilson tied for sixth place.

Wilson told the Courier he was pleased with his performance after the first day’s play at Numurkah.

‘‘They’ve really got it right out here — the greens are immaculate and it’s a bit of a party atmosphere which I love,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s always a pleasure coming back to your roots and growing up in this area just around the corner has meant I’ve been able to play on some amazing courses right on my doorstep.

‘‘(The course is) a credit to the people that work so hard to maintain it, I mean just look at it — it’s in fantastic nick,’’ he said.

After his sixth equal position in the Greater Shepparton Masters, Wilson went on to score a personal and course record at the Healesville Pro-Am on the weekend.

On the par 68 course, Wilson managed to get around in just 58 shots.