Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Our next Kiwi world golf pro?

Joshua Munn loves golf and there's no denying he has the talent that will see him reach his ambition of turning professional in the next three to four years.

Winning the Muriwai Open near Auckland last month by one shot with a 12-under-par total, in an event where the amateurs are there to make up the numbers, Munn said he wasn't perturbed about having to let the prize money of $5700 go to the runners-up.

He became only the fourth amateur to win a Charles Tour event. He set a new course record of 63.

Not bad for an amateur on a course he'd not seen before.

Munn is happy to leave his professional dreams on the three to four- year to-do list, while he focuses on winning some national order-of-merit events before making his move to qualify for the US PGA Tour.

In the meantime Munn has shorter term goals in play which, like all good projects, require the help and support of the community.

He has applied for the AMP people's choice scholarship, where the person with the most votes wins. Munn needs the help of scholarships to further his amateur golf experience overseas.

He was 13 when he was invited to join his father and uncles on their traditional Boxing Day golf day out. This was more of a social occasion than serious competition, but Munn developed a taste for the game and hasn't looked back since, although the family Boxing Day game has fizzled out.

"I enjoyed the game. I wasn't very good at it, but I started playing and I got better," he said.

Munn said he got his start playing regularly on Sundays, which led into tournaments.

Seven years on and there are not too many days when he won't be out on the fairway.

Starting work at 4.30pm at Feilding's Pizza Piazza means he can work with a daily practice schedule.

"I love practicing – golf is my addiction I guess," he said.

"I think it's the constant challenge – you're always going to be beaten by golf, but always striving for perfection means you always want to do better," he said.

Voting for Munn to win an AMP Scholarship can be done by visiting the site and entering Joshua Munn into the search field.

Voting closes on July 17.

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