Golf: Merewether’s Luke Ferrier without clubs ahead of maiden Chinan Amateur campaign in Perth

CHAMPION: Merewether’s Luke Ferrier kisses a coveted piece of silverware after claiming the 2018 Harvey Norman Sydney Week Of Golf title earlier this month. The Newcastle High School graduate is vying for a spot at his maiden n Amateur in Perth this week. Picture: Jack Newton Junior GolfWAITING for luggage is less than ideal for travellers.
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Even more so for Merewether 18-year-old Luke Ferrier, whose golf clubs and playing gear hadn’t arrived in Perth less than 24 hours before Tuesday’s first qualifying round at his maiden n Amateur.

“I just landed and got told that no luggage or any suitcases got put on my flight, so I’m currently over here with no golf clubs or clothes and my tournament starts tomorrow,” Ferrier told the Newcastle Herald on Monday.

“Not a perfect start. We’ve been in contact with the baggage service trying to figure out when they arrive. I might need to borrow a couple of hire clubs and kit from the pro shop.”

Unwanted distraction aside, Ferrier remained in good spirits and was looking forward to not only this prestigious competition but the year ahead.

Fresh from taking out his last-ever Jack Newton Junior Golf tournament, the Harvey Norman Sydney Week Of Golf earlier this month, the Newcastle High School graduate is putting study aside and focusing on the fairway.

“I’m going to try and go on with golf,” Ferrier, who grew up next door to Merewether Golf Club, said.

“I want to give myself a bit of time, 18 months or so, to see if I’m good enough to compete with people around the world.”

The n Amateur tees off that journey with qualifying rounds at Lake Karrinyup and Wanneroo on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.A top-64 result would see Ferrier progress tothe four-round match-play section from Thursday back atLake Karrinyup.

“Especially at my age, if I even do make the 64 then I’m just going to take on the experience,” he said.

“So then Ican learn from it, take it into the next tournament and kind of move up the rankings like that.”

Also on Ferrier’sagenda are the Avondale Medal in Sydney next week followed bythe NSW Amateur in Canberra at the end ofthe month. Both include two qualifying rounds.

This will mark four tournaments in the space of four weeks.

“It’s pretty insane, but it’s the life if you want to become a professional golfer,” he said.

And it comes after Ferrier claimeda sought-after and confidence-boosting crownby the narrowest of margins at the start of January. He lost by one shot the year before.

“It was good to finish my Jack Newton junior careerwith a win and it was a great start to the year,” he said.

* TORONTO’S Callan O’Reilly just missed the second and last cut at the final stage of Asian Tour School qualification in Thailand on Saturday. After 72 holes he was tied for 79that three over (287), one off the required mark.

* CHARLESTOWN’S Blake Windred finished22ndat the n Masters of the Amateurs in Victoria.

Windred ended up eight over (292) at Royal Melbourne on Friday, 22 shots off the pace.

* JAKE Higginbottom tees off at the Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club on Thursday and the Charlestown golfer will be alongside a host of fellow countrymen, including 2017 n Open winner Cameron Davis and 46-year-old Robert Allenby.

* CHARLESTOWN’S Jye Picken was the only undefeated player at this year’s Jack Newton Junior Golf state of originseries at Pelican Waters Golf Club on Thursday and Friday.

The NSW skipper maintained a perfect 4-0 record in the 17-year’s boys’ section, but the title was shared with Queensland after overall scores were locked at 15-all.

Toronto pairJake Riley and Jacob Dundas were part of the 12 and 14 year age groups respectively.

* BELMONT’S Makensie Toole clinched the Newcastle Junior Classic title at Newcastle Golf Club on Sunday.

She won a countback from Kew’s Piper Hollis after both girls finished with a nett score of 77.

Host member Harry Atkinson (73) was runner-up for the boys, two strokes behind Long Reef’s Noah Komulainen (71).