Promising future ahead for Jayden Ford (Silverstream)

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By Linda Wood

A decade ago if Jayden Ford’s parents Glynn and Izzy went off for a round of golf their four-year-old son Jayden would tag along too. Fast forward 10 years and you could say the role has been reversed as Jayden makes a name for himself in the sport and often its mum or dad tagging along, carrying the bags.

Just last year Ford played in the New Zealand Amateur championship at Heretaunga’s Royal Wellington club, entering only ‘because it was close to home’ . The Judgeford interclub player finished third in a field of 92, finishing three shots behind eventual winner Shaun Campbell.

However, its not just on the golf courses in New Zealand that Ford is making a name for himself. Last year he competed in the Junior World Age Group Championship series. The series – also referred to as the Best 3 Weeks in Junior Golf – is held over three events.

The first was the 9th annual FCG International, played at San Diego’s St Mark’s Golf Club, followed by the IMG Junior World Championship at Torrey Pines and concludes with the FCG World Championship presented by Callaway Golf at the Westin Mission Hills, a Gary Player designed course at Palm Springs.

Ford didn’t waste anytime in showing he was serious about been there, winning the FCG International in San Diego.

The following week he finished 22nd in a field of 143 golfers. However, seven days later Ford was again in the winners’ circle, shooting 10-under to win by seven shots the three-day tournament on the Gary Player course at Westin Mission Hills

Those three tournaments were a lead in to the USKids world championship, played at Pinehurst, At that event Ford finished in a tie for 11th in his age group.

It was also the success in San Diego that Ford will cherish. Ford claiming it to be his highlight in the sport.

He will also cherish watching the Wellington men’s team win the Toro Interprovincials last year.

Although the year is just two months old Ford, who is a Year Nine student at St Pat’s Silverstream, looks like he will again be making sure his name is to the fore on the golf courses.

His latest success was lifting Manor Park’s Oliver Cup a few weeks ago,

“That was a pretty cool feeling knowing I had won and lifted the same trophy as some of New Zealand’s successful golfers,” Ford said.