CSW Individual Golf Champ – Jamie Frew

Story courtesy of College Sport Media

Jamie Frew knew he was a natural the first time he swung a golf club. It happened when he was nine years old playing a round with his dad Nathan (longtime golf convenor at Wellington College) in Masterton.

His inspiration to play the sport came from watching Jordan Spieth win the 2015 US Masters.

In 2017, aged 12, Jamie was best gross winner at the Riversdale Junior Open, the Miramar Junior Open, the Shandon Junior Open (Under-15) and the Masterton Junior Open [Under-15]. Additionally he captured stableford titles at the Martinborough Junior Open (Under-17) and the Masterton Golf Club Labour Day Tournament.

Frew has rapidly whittled down his handicap to one and on Tuesday 15th March vindicated his decision to move from Wellington College at the end of 2021 to correspondence school Te Aho O Te Kura Pounamu by winning his second Mark Brown Trophy, College Sport Wellington Open Championship.

At the Royal Wellington Golf Club in Upper Hutt, Frew was the only player to shoot an even par round of 72. He beat Dominic Hazeldine (St Patrick’s College, Silverstream) and Alec Prentice (Paraparaumu College) by four strokes.

“I managed to get a good start and stay ahead of Dominic and Alex, my biggest rivals. I eagled the fourth which was awesome. It was overcast for the first dozen holes and then the wind got up which made for a tough finish,” Jamie reflected.

“I’m a pretty good driver but my strength is my putting. I made some big puts and I handle pressure pretty well.”

Frew was “pretty well” at Wellington College, helping the school qualify for the 2019 Nationals in Cromwell. However, maintaining his training, study, competition and Covid disruption was proving a tough balancing act. Something had to give and in 2022 Frew joined Te Aho O Te Kura Pounamu.

“I have a teacher for every subject and am expected to do 45 minutes of subject time everyday for each module. The difference is I can do it in my own time. It’s easier to make contact with teachers when I’m unsure of things and they are all really supportive. My favourite subjects are Physical Education, English, Geography and Biology.

“My goal is to get a scholarship to play golf in America and that means I have to train harder, do well academically and use my time better.”

Masteron Golf pro Joel Macklin has spent six years with Jamie time that has developed a fruitful relationship.

“Joel is like a mate now he’s always around to offer support for anything.. I’ve gotten better at understanding bad things, sometimes happen. It’s better not to get too angry, maintain perspective and enjoy yourself.”

Jamie’s sister Sophie also studies extramurally as she flourishes in equestrianism.