13-year-old Jack on course towards career as a pro-golfer
JACK Harlen-Robertson has spent 2013 sweeping all before him in the nine-hole ranks - now he is gunning for his more experienced golfing rivals.
The Lismore player dominated this year's Northern Rivers District Golf Association Junior Order of Merit, taking the circuit's 2013 gross and net titles.
Next year he moves up to the 18-hole tournaments, taking on older and more accomplished players and developing his game further.
With high-flying Lismore golfer Rhein Gibson as his inspiration, Jack is also dreaming of a place in the professional ranks one day.
"I really want to make it eventually," he said.
"I don't know if I will win (next year), but I aim to give it my best shot."
Jack, of Goonbellabah's Summerland Christian College, is following in the footsteps of keen golfing dad Graeme.
He took up the sport about five years ago and has been playing competitively for the last two.
This year he has finished in the top three of virtually every tournament on the circuit, which features regular events at the region's clubs.
Jack, who lives in the shadow of the Lismore Workers Golf Club, said he enjoyed the problems posed by golf.
"I like how it's a physical and mental challenge," he said.
"If you are under a tree you can't just hit anywhere or anything. You have to solve the problem yourself.
"Sometimes I just want to sit at home and watch TV, but I always end up coming back down here to the club and playing."
The right-hander is also taking inspiration from Gibson, whose fourth place at the recent Australian Open earned him a spot at next year's British Open.
"It shows that you don't have to come from New York or a big city to make it," said Jack, who is one of Workers Club pro Peter Jaeger's squad.