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Zach Gould
You're never too young to start, says Zach Gould

Zac Gould is one of Europe's top young golfing prospects.

Aged just 16, he became the youngest player ever to reach the quarter-finals of the British Boys Championship.

And he's already proved he can mix it on the senior circuit by finishing ninth on the Konica Welsh Order of Merit.

His driving ambition is to become a European Tour pro - and here he tells the Sport Academy how he intends to go about it.

How did you first get interested in golf?
It all happened by accident when I was four years old.

I was out walking with my dad in the local park when I came across an old golf club.

I took it home with me and my dad taped it up so that I could play with it.

I hardly put it down after that!

Did you get any proper lessons?
My dad doesn't play so I used to tag along with one of his friends.

I had my clubs cut down and went along for lessons at the driving range at the golf academy in Hensol.

When I was seven I was given free membership to Mountain Lakes Golf Club in Blaengwynlais, near Caerphilly.

I joined the junior section at the Vale of Glamorgan when I was 12.

How often do you practice?
I come up to the Vale of Glamorgan every night

I play on the course at weekends and in the summer when the evenings are lighter I'll be out twice during the week as well.

I also go to the driving range three times a week.

Have you got any tips for improving your skills?
I use an exercise called 'lag and drag' to practice my putting skills

Zach aims to play at the Celtic Manor when it hosts the Ryder Cup in 2010
The Celtic Manor

It was taught to me by the Wales team coach.

Every time I miss, I move the ball back a putter length.

That means the ball keeps getting further away.

It makes you really determined the hole the ball!

Do you enjoy taking part in competitions?
Taking part in tournaments is exciting.

It's a good way of finding out how good other golfers are and gives you an idea of what you've got to aim at.

It's good to get used to the pressure and to learn from other players.

How do you juggle school work with golf practice?
I don't find it a problem at all.

I just make sure I get all my homework done before I go out on the course.

What are your ambitions?
I'd like to reach scratch next year and push for a place in the Wales Under-18 team.

I want to be pushing for a place in the Walker Cup squad by the time I'm 17 or 18 and maybe clinch a place in the team the year after that.

My ultimate ambition is to play in the Masters - and I'd love to play in the Ryder Cup when it's on home soil in Wales in 2010.

Jae An, Korea
Michelle Wie, USA
Ty Tryon, USA
Zach Gould, Wales

Zach Gould
Age: 16
Club: Vale of Glamorgan
School: Cantonian High School


Zach Gould
Zac Gould

One of Wales's top junior golfers

Go along to your local driving range and ask about getting lessons from the club professional.

Practice your game as much as you can.

If you're serious about the game, you will probably want to practice every day.

:: Gould's Weetabix victory

:: Welsh Golfing Union

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