Date: October 04, 2019
Author: Mark Hayes

Trent buries nerves in classy debut

You could have excused Jack Trent if things had gone haywire on his PGA Tour debut today.

But the young Queenslander is evidently made of far sterner stuff.

Trent, 20, on the TPC Summerlin course he played a lot when his family moved from the Sunshine Coast to Nevada five years ago, bogeyed the 10th – his first hole – today as he walked among his idols at the Shriners Open.

But rather than become flustered, the level-headed UNLV junior calmly made birdies on four of his next six holes.

He made another three on the front nine, interspersed with two bogeys, to sign for a fine four-under-par 67 to share 20th alongside fellow Aussies Aaron Baddeley and former Shriners champ Rod Pampling, four off the lead of Canadian World Cup star Nick Taylor.

Trent is just one stroke behind some of the game's biggest stars including Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau and his idol Adam Scott, with whom he shared a practice round earlier in the week.

"First tee nerves got me," admitted Trent, who qualified by winning a collegiate event in Nevada six months ago.

"But I bounced back with a birdie and after that really started to settle in."

Of the other Aussies in the field, Matt Jones carded a 68, Cam Smith a 67 and the in-form Cam Percy a 72.