A stellar performance at the Victorian Junior Masters tournament earlier this year earnt 14-year-old golfer Jasper Stubbs the first selection in the Victorian team to compete in the 2016 School Sport Australia National Golf Championships in South Australia this week.

Stubbs has been striving for excellence on the golf course for the best part of a decade, and joined the Rowville Sports Academy’s renowned golf program at the beginning of 2015.

“My journey started when I was four years old so that’s 10 years ago now. I joined (the Rowville Sports Academy) at the start of year eight,” he said.

Stubbs rates the Victorian Junior Masters tournament in January as one of the highlights of his 10-year career.

“Some of my biggest achievements have been winning the under 14s at the Victorian Junior Masters where I accomplished a hole in one. Now I’ve made two state teams,” Stubbs said.

“That felt good because in the tournament there was the selection for the team and then I was five over through 11 and finished two over so I was pretty happy.

“I got into the team at the number one spot, so I was pretty happy.”

The second selected in the side was fellow RSA golfer, Kieran Vogels.

“We’re both members at Huntingdale Golf Club, so we get out (on the course) a bit. He’s in year 11 and I’m in year nine so it’s a bit hard to practice together but we see each other a lot,” Stubbs said.

Golfing talent runs in the Stubbs family, with Jasper, the elder brother of year eight golf star on the rise, Piper.

Piper Stubbs formed part of the all-conquering under 12 Victorian team at last November’s School Sport Australia National Championships, adding to a raft of achievements, including winning this year’s 2016 Victorian Junior Open in the girls’ section.

But competing with his sister on the course is all in good fun, according to Jasper, who jokingly conceded his younger sister may have him covered.

“We practice more on the range but sometimes we’ll have a bit of fun and some competitions on the course,” he said.

“Probably (Piper’s trophy collection) is bigger at the moment.”

In preparation for the 2016 School Sport Australia National Golf Championships, Stubbs believes fine-tuning the basics of his game will hold him in good stead this week.

“I’ve been working a lot with my coach on everything, just getting all my basics right and mostly working on my short game, so around the green where it’s really needed – not so much swing,” he said.
“(I’ve been) just working on the basics for when we get there.”

Stubbs couldn’t be happier working with RSA head golf coach Tim Wendel.

“My relationship’s really good with Tim,” Stubbs said.

“He’s been a really great role model and I think he’s a great coach. I’m happy to be working with him, and I’m happy to be working with him for the next four years as well.”

Growing up, Stubbs idolised arguably the greatest golfer of all time, and one of the greatest sportsmen in history – Tiger Woods.

“Tiger Woods was the person I first looked up to as a five year old kid, just coming into practicing golf,” Stubbs said.

“But now it’s sort of the Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy figures – they’re really inspiring.”

Midway through 2016, Stubbs has his goals set well in his sights, in what promises to be a prosperous next six months of the year for the 14-year-old.

“I’m just looking to get back into the state golf Victoria state team and probably again the School Sport Victoria 17 and under team. Winning more often, and putting in some good results,” he said.

And long term, Stubbs’ goal is straight-forward.

“I really want to turn pro – my main goal is to be on the PGA Tour. Once I get there, I’ll be resetting my goals and seeing what I can do from there.”

Author: Daniel Cencic – Media & Communications Officer  

Twitter: @DC_Sting