Bega golfer Harry Peterson has taken another step towards realising his childhood dream.
Harry, 15, topped his age group in the Nick Faldo Australian Championship, while also finishing second overall in the under 21 division.
The result means he has now qualified to compete in Vietnam later this year, while also helping him edge closer to his hopes of one day competing at the iconic Augusta course in the US.
“We played three rounds and after the first I was leading overall, and then by the last hole I was second overall, but won my age group convincingly,” Harry said.
Playing stroke format and paired up with the three top seeds, there was a little bit of comfort in watching the other golfers sweat.
“I played with the three top golfers there and they’re all over 18, because I was leading the pressure was on them a bit more to do well.”
An even more remarkable feat for the 2.1 handicapper is that the teenager said it was his first look at the Castle Hill course in Sydney.
“I didn’t have a practice round, that opening day was my first look at the course,” he said.
The tournament with the namesake of English golfing legend Sir Nicholas Faldo, has earned Harry a spot in a visit to Vietnam, but he’ll also get to enjoy a meal with the former world number one.
“I will get to have dinner with Sir Nick and I think I get a lesson off him which will be a great experience,” Harry said.
“Apparently the food is pretty good so I’m keen for that and it will be my first golf experience overseas.”
Harry’s father Martin is a professional player on the Australian Legends Tour, while uncle Lester had been an Australian rep.
“Golf is in our family I guess you could say,” Harry says with a laugh, adding that he was stoked to beat his dad for the first time ever a few months ago.
Despite not playing, Harry’s Mum and his older brother and sister are proud of the young guns efforts, but also serve to keep him grounded.
“They don’t let me get ahead of myself, like a great grounding force they pull me into line if I start getting a big head,” he said with a laugh.
The result is also a fantastic return to form for the Valley junior who broke his wrist and collarbone in 2017.
“That took me out for six months, and especially when you’re still developing it takes another six months to regain your form,” he said.
He is hoping the result could be a boost towards one day studying at Georgia Tech, a US College that would allow him play at Augusta.
“Since I was about eight I’ve wanted to go, so this is great stepping stone.”