Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Double Trouble; Boffey Twins Get Ready to Compete in South African Championships

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Double Trouble; Boffey Twins Get Ready to Compete in South African Championships

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Byline: sport editor sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

THEIR coach describes them as chalk and cheese.

In size, temperament and personality, you couldn't find two twins less alike.

What they do have in common, however, is a golf handicap of two and a shared dream of becoming professional golfers.

Next week, Jesse and Ricky Boffey will get a taste of life for the golfing elite at the World Club Pro-Am Championships in South Africa.

The 21-year-olds fly from Ballina to Sydney on Friday, then to Singapore, Johannesburg and finally, after 26 hours in transit, will arrive in Durban on South Africa's south-east coast.

It will be the first overseas trip for the Copmanhurst pair.

"The long flight will be interesting," Jesse said.

"I've been told to drink a lot of water to help with the jetlag." Ricky is known to be a good sleeper and, being much shorter than his brother, leg room won't be a problem.

In recent times the twins have been coached by Yamba Golf and Country Club professional John Wright.

It is Wright who offered the opportunity to the Boffeys, which they eagerly accepted.

"I mentioned it to them and the next morning they called me to say there were heading into town to get their passports," Wright said.

"They are a bit chalk and cheese, but both are really good listeners and could become very good players."

Soft-spoken, Jesse brings a calm and measured finesse to his game.

Energetic and feisty, Ricky's more about power.

"Ricky hits the ball longer than any pro I've ever seen," Wright said.

"He has immense power for a guy who's only about 55kg."

That's a huge call, but it's one that backs up Wright's decision to expose them to international courses in a professional environment.

The tournament starts on Monday, and players will compete on five courses over five days with teams comprising a non-touring professional and three amateurs.

Melbourne's Sam Logan, a good friend of Wright, who plays off 14, rounds out the quartet.

"Ricky and Jesse haven't done a lot of travelling so it will be a good experience for them to see something outside the Northern Rivers," he said. …

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