Pleasant Point GC youngster Alex Kelliher shows potential on the greens
Twelve-year-old Alex Kelliher is all smiles after he won the intermediate section of the Pleasant Point Golf Club championships on May 1.
Alex Kelliher just loves to hit a golf ball. The 12-year-old, who attends Pleasant Point Primary School, is hoping to make it as a professional golfer. He trains at least once a week, usually on a Wednesday while his brother is at rugby training, sending 100s of putts and chips towards the hole.
Like most golfers, Kelliher loves to smash it off the tee. "I like trying to give it a good whack and see how far it goes." Kelliher is playing off a 11 handicap and hopes to have that down to single figures in the next year or two. "Once it goes down to below 10 I have to play in the senior competition so I'll aim for about a year or so."
He has been a member of the Pleasant Point Golf Club for about three years, first swinging a golf club when he was three. "I saw them in the garage one-day and decided they looked like fun, so I grabbed one out and a ball and had some swings at home and shortly after I was hooked."
Kelliher defeated 16 others to win the intermediate section of the Pleasant Point Golf Club club championships on May 1, something he was chuffed about. He was up against golfers of all ages. "I was really happy. I didn't know what emotions to use when my opponent told me that I had won." He said playing golf was just something he loved. "It's a great sport I really enjoy it." Kelliher highlights American golfer Jordan Spieth as his favourite player and the Masters as the tournament he is interested in the most. "I'd love to play on the PGA Tour one day." "I don't get to watch a lot of golf on television but I like to when I can."
He dabbled at rugby and cricket for a few years but gave them up to concentrate on golf. "I have got my older brother into it and we've had some good battles out here at the golf course. I beat him most of the time." The year eight competed in the under-19 South Island tournament held at the Tinwald Golf Club and while he didn't place high he loved the experience. "It was a great tournament and I had a lot of fun competing."
The victory in the Pleasant Point Golf Club championships was his first title. His major focus now was to compete well in the pennants on Saturdays and train hard as a build up to a tournament in Tauranga, in September.