Golf is a passion for Eric Smith

INSPIRED: Eric Smith is competing in the Sungold Junior Open on Monday. His father Paul was the reason the teenager got into playing golf. Picture: Christine Ansorge
INSPIRED: Eric Smith is competing in the Sungold Junior Open on Monday. His father Paul was the reason the teenager got into playing golf. Picture: Christine Ansorge

What started off as just a bit of fun for Port Fairy Golf Club’s Eric Smith has turned into a passion for the promising golfer.

Smith, who is gearing up to play in the Sungold Junior Open at Warrnambool on Monday and finished 24th in thee Alec Calvert Junior open on Sunday, said his golfing career began at a football field in Koroit.

“I sort of started when I was six years old, chipping some balls around for fun with my Dad and it just started from there,” the right-handed gofler said.

The 13-year-old Brauer College student  said his father Paul was his coach and his inspiration.

“Dad has taught me a lot and taught me everything I know,” he said. “I wouldn’t even be able to hit a golf ball if it wasn’t for him.”

“I’m striving to be like him or better when I grow up.”

Smith, who has a long term goal of becoming a pro on the PGA tour, said he had two goals for the weekend.

Dad has taught me a lot... I wouldn’t even be able to hit a golf ball if it wasn’t for him.

Eric Smith

“This weekend is just a bit of fun and I’m trying to get my handicap down from 21.7 to 15,” he said.

“But I am a little nervous coming up against some boys who are older than me but I feel more comfortable knowing that some of the boys I usually play with will also be in the Sungold open too.”