HOT SHOT: Jay Mackenzie, of Lennox Head, plays a nice chip on his way to winning the NRDGA junior golf competition at Coraki Golf Club.
HOT SHOT: Jay Mackenzie, of Lennox Head, plays a nice chip on his way to winning the NRDGA junior golf competition at Coraki Golf Club. Stuart Turner

Golf-mad Lennox teen swinging his way to sporting success

LENNOX Head golfer Jay Mackenzie is the first to admit that he has a pretty good life.

The 14-year-old is mad about golf and has played at some of the top courses in Sydney and the Gold Coast.

He was runner-up in the Greg Norman Junior Masters and Jack Newton Junior event.

His most recent success was winning the Coraki Junior Classic on Sunday.

"It was great; I've won a few tournaments now," Mackenzie said.

"I get around to a lot of events and practice every day.

"I've got a good life."

Mackenzie has been playing since the age of seven and is a member of Ballina and the Byron Bay Golf Club.

He is the nephew of professional golfer Geraldine Brown and most of his family is involved in the sport.

"I've loved it ever since I picked up a club," Mackenzie said.

"I don't know how far I'll go but I'd love to get on tour and make a living out of it.

"This year I just want to hit the ball further so I can get on the greens easier.

"I played in an amateur ranking event and made the cut so I was pretty happy with that."

Mackenzie was part of the Northern Rivers District Golf Association junior team that took on some of the best kids from the Jack Newton squad earlier this month.

Some of the region's best golfers, including Riley Taylor (Casino), Eleka Moore (Ballina) Lucas Higgins, Alex Hunt, Riley King, Maddie Trew (Murwillumbah) and Max Monneron (Coolangatta-Tweed Heads), were also in the squad.

Trew had a win at the weekend in the girls A-grade competition at the Coraki event in a playoff against Moore.

The next big event for Mackenzie is the Monash Masters on March 15 at the Monash Country Club.


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