This kid has talent
THE KID with the alert ears, wide smile and a swing like a young Tiger Woods is setting the Fraser Coast golf greens on fire.
Sebastian Clarke is five.
Already the Urangan Point State School Prep student has done the Craignish Country Club course at 125 and the Eagles Nest at Urangan on 105.
He's even walked the whole of Craignish. “I'd like to be able to beat David and Josh. I just want to be a golfer and do that,” Sebastian announced yesterday after he'd teed off at Eagles Nest with a shot long enough to carry into the smoko in the nearby industrial estate.
David is David Galicia, a supportive family friend, and Josh is his Uncle Josh Chisholm.
“Sebastian is a natural,” his “Pa”, grandfather John Clarke, 49, said.
“He's my wife Debbie's daughter Melissa's boy and I'm a keen golfer, which is I guess where he's picked it up from.
“My own dad Mathew passed on and left golf clubs and I picked them up 25 years ago.
“When I saw our then four-year-old Sebastian chipping balls into the water with a broken sand wedge, I thought, ‘OK, a real natural'.
“He has just got a whole lot better since then. I bought him some clubs and we put down a putting green on a patch of lawn in our backyard. Every Sunday we go out for a round of golf at either the Craignish Country Club or at Eagles Nest.
“Sebastian is amazing. Owner Greg Harding at Craignish and manager Michael Croser at Eagles Nest really support him – along with so many other players.
“Sebastian has walked the long courses too. He's terrific.”
Sebastian says he likes soccer, “balancing things” at school, he can count to 10 in Spanish, to 100 in English and he recently won a school award for technical computer achievements.
“I would just like him to be successful in whatever he chooses to do,” says John. “But we do know he's been here before. He's just wise beyond his years.
“And while so many other kids sit in front of TV or a computer, Sebastian is out there getting into sport and exercise.”
Sebastian says he likes the song I Just Want To Be A Billionaire (so frickin' bad) by B.O.B and Bruno Mars.
“But as for Tiger Woods? “I reckon he can beat me,” Sebastian smiles knowingly.
Well, for this year, anyway.