Date: March 31, 2016
Author: Mark Hayes

Endycott promoted to national squad

Red-hot Sydneysider Harrison Endycott has been elevated to the Golf Australia national squad.

Endycott, 19, won the unanimous backing of the national coaching panel after winning last week’s South Australian Classic at Royal Adelaide – his fourth big victory in just two months.

The Avondale Golf Club member has impressed many in the past couple of years, winning selection to the New South Wales state team in 2015 and again for the upcoming 2016 series.

But his spectacular tournament run since January has taken his game to another level.

After losing his quarter-final of the Australian Amateur to eventual champion Connor Syme, Endycott won the Lake Macquarie Amateur the following week.

Two weeks later, he defended the Avondale Cup title at his home club, then returned to Victoria and won the national rankings event and time-honoured Riversdale Cup before his victory in Adelaide propelled him to No.42 in the world amateur rankings.

GA high performance director Brad James was delighted with Endycott’s promotion, but even more so with the work ethic he’s demonstrated to achieve his goal.

“Harrison’s performance over the past two months in winning four national events has been brilliant,” James said.

“But more importantly, the dedication he has shown with his development processes and application to them has shown us that he’s starting to understand what it takes to be a professional athlete.”

Endycott was thrilled with the recognition, but vowed to keep up the hard work.

“I’ve definitely worked hard to get here and it feels awesome to be on the team,” Endycott beamed.

“But it just makes me want to work harder to keep improving because I can really see the improvement in not just my results, but also that I’ve just been playing better.”

“I’ve been wanting to be on the national team for a long time … to wear the logo and get a chance to represent Australia means the world to me, because not everybody gets to do it.”

James paid special tribute to the Sydney-based team working with Endycott.

“The new structure and culture that has been created by Dean Kinney and his Golf New South Wales high performance team will help develop more athletes capable of achieving the national program’s goals in years to come,” James said.

“We are thrilled with the attitude from all involved with the Golf NSW high performance team.”

Endycott joins eight other young athletes in the national squad. Perth’s Hannah Green and Sydney’s Cam Davis are in the lofty Tier 1 category, while Endycott joins Victorians Brett Coletta and Zach Murray in Tier 2. Becky Kay (QLD), Cameron John (VIC), Min Woo Lee (WA) and Louis Dobbelaar (QLD) are all junior squad members.