United States colleges are seeking the signature of Ryan Mulvany.
United States colleges are seeking the signature of Ryan Mulvany. Ron Burgin

Our Ryan is a young Tiger

From the cruisy Bargara Golf Club to the United States college system where golfing legends Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson made their starts – that is the plan for rising Bargara Golf Club junior Ryan Mulvany.

The former St Luke’s Anglican School student is close to graduating from the prestigious Hills International Golf Academy on the Gold Coast, where he recently won the school championship.

“He would be one of the best prospects in Australia for his age group to go over there and play in the collegiate system,” college golf adviser Blair O’Hara, who is brokering a deal for Mulvany to head to USA next year, said.

“This is a system that all the great players have gone through.

“Everyone from Tiger Woods to Jack Nicklaus has played in the US college system so he will be playing against the best junior players America has to offer.”

O’Hara said colleges in America’s southern states, including Georgia and Florida, had made offers to Mulvany.

“It’s about securing the best scholarship for Ryan,” O’Hara said.

“But I think he will be playing in the south.

“That is the strongest area for golf in America.”

Mulvany’s coach at Hills, Ian Peters, said he had noticed significant improvement since Ryan came to the school at the start of the year.

“He’s always willing to be taught and put in the time in learning about golf,” Peters said.

“That puts him in a good position to achieve whatever he wants to in golf.”

Since joining the school, Mulvany has dropped his handicap by two shots to play off scratch.

He has secured placings in tournaments across Australia and now ranks as one of the top-10 junior golfers in the nation.



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