Golfer Tees Up US Move; Russell Secures University Scholarship in Kansas

The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia), May 24, 2012 | Go to article overview

Golfer Tees Up US Move; Russell Secures University Scholarship in Kansas


Charlie Payne

charlie.payne@dailymercury.com.au

GOLFING in America beckons for young Mackay prospect Duane Russell.

Russell, 20, leaves on August 12 for a four-year university scholarship at Kansas and the sky is the limit.

C[pounds sterling]I've been trying since I was in grade 11 to get to a good golf school,C[yen] he said at the Mackay Driving Range, where he works two days a week for Mackay pro Jeffrey Reid. C[pounds sterling]They (Kansas) are a fairly consistent team without winning national titles. They finished seventh in the national tournament.

C[pounds sterling]I'll be doing a four-year physiotherapy degree so I'll be right in terms of something to fall back on if golf doesn't work out.

C[pounds sterling]I'll be playing collegiate golf across the nation. They have some good coaches and they really look after you in terms of the equipment and all that.C[yen]

Russell said collegiate golf was one of the best stepping-stones into the lucrative US circuits, including the PGA.

C[pounds sterling]You look at all the top US players over there, when they put their stats up they've invariably gone to a university,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]If I can get among the right people, even if I don't make it to the top I can get a job in the industry.

C[pounds sterling]For the last two years I have worked hard with my golf and this suits me down to the ground going over there and playing golf and getting a degree.

C[pounds sterling]I've promised myself that I'll at least turn pro and give it a go. …

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