Norton takes aim at the PGA Trainee Championship
WHEN some teenagers move away their childhood bedrooms are sometimes scuttled to make way for a gym or home theatre, but thankfully Ryan Norton will get a good night's sleep between rounds of the Queensland PGA Trainee Championship.
Norton took up a traineeship at Warragul Golf Club, Victoria, before moving to Victoria Point, Brisbane, and he said he will enjoy the comforts of home as he battles with some of the country's best golfers for the Carnegie Clark Cup and a share of the $35,000 prize purse.
"It's always good coming back, sleeping in my own bed and catching up with the family. It's just going to be a good week," Norton said.
As a trainee professional golf is Norton's life, but the big-hitting 19 year old doesn't spend all of his days marching between manicured greens thinking which club is best suited for the next shot.
He works 38 hours each week in the pro-shop at Victoria Point, studies and then has to find time to practice.
Adding to the long working week the pressure to perform at tournaments is a constant in his life but Norton said there are a few reasons he enjoys his job.
"I like waking up every day and having a sport to play as a living. A lot of guys would say the same, when you get up and you're doing something you love every day it's always pretty easy," he said.
"Like at Victoria Park we don't have a big member base but it's really cool as well as coming out playing for money every week - especially on our sort of pay check."
Despite being on his home course - and winning the amateur title at the course in 2013 - Norton said he wasn't assured of victory.
"There's a lot of good players here, I know a couple of guys have come of big wins this year so it's going to be really tough to win," Norton said.
"I have to put a solid four rounds together to try and get on top."
Interstate players to watch this week include Deyen Lawson, who recently took out the NSW/ACT PGA Trainee Championship, and the number one ranked PGA Trainee in the country, Jamie Hook.
The strongest Queensland contenders include defending champion Dale Walker, 2013 Order of Merit winner Rick Coleman as well as Paul Griffiths, who won the Pampling Plate match play title earlier this year.
The event will also host a number of local amateur players including Nicholas Schneider, Ben Davey and Cameron McFarlane who will all be hoping to match it with some of the country's leading PGA Trainees.
Where: Coral Cove