Former Yeoval junior Aaron Wilkin is feeling pretty good with himself after carding a blistering 10-under par 62 during round 2 of the NSW Open Golf Championship at Stonecutters Ridge.
The red-head put together his best ever round in professional golf.
Now based in Wynnum Golf Club in Queensland, Wilkin has a special connection to the small town 70km West of Dubbo.
“I grew up with the family out there on the farm,” he says. “I Went to school in town.”
“My Pop (Joe) got me into golf after he finished footy didn’t have much sport to play
So after school I would just go down and hit balls with him.”
And of course that meant out on the sand greens, something back then that he didn’t feel concerned about.
“Playing on sand greens was a bit different but I didn’t know anything else at the time.”
“Pop still plays out at Yeoval,” Wilkin says.” He’s pretty good on the sand greens too.
Driving in to Dubbo to have a round of golf on grass greens was a bit of a treat for Wilkin as a junior.
“We used to drive down there – and it was a little bit of a treat.”
Wilkin is in his first year of pro golf, after a nice pedigree as the Queensland State Team Captain, and a senior team player for the last few years.
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His year thus far has been a little bit of a journey.
“I made my first couple of cuts, and I made my first tier one cut at the NZ Open. It was all going pretty good,” he says.” I had a few injuries I’m still trying to work through which hasn’t helped my golf, but more so mentally.”
As for his fans in Yeoval, well, his pop Joe will have something to talk about this weekend.
“Pop will be pumped. I’ve been shooting 80’s lately so it’s a pretty good change!”
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The 2015 New South Wales Open Golf Championship will be played at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club from 12 to 15 November 2015. The Championship forms part of the 2015 Australasian PGA Tour schedule. ENTRY IS FREE. For more information visit: www.nswopen.com
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