MIDLANDS’ golfer Kyle Haase is enjoying his best run of form to date following a golden eight months that has reaped three major successes.
Haase took out the Ballarat District Golf 54-hole championship in January and was part of a triumphant Midlands division one pennant team, where he dropped just one game for the season. Before capping the stellar run with victory in Barham’s Annual Amateur Golf Tournament on the weekend.
The 29-year-old delivered a strong two-days of golf to win by two strokes and complete a hat-trick of victories throughout 2016.
The tournament, now into its 82nd year, is steeped in history and Haase admits seeing his name alongside some of the previous winners gives him “goose bumps”.
“You see the other names on there, you put yourself up there and you think of the guys who have won it – it gives you goose bumps,” Haase said.
“(It’s) good to have my name on it as part of history.
“The Ballarat (championship) ranks pretty high being the first event I’ve won as an individual and it being a local thing. But it’s always nice to go to other clubs and win their tournaments.
“I didn’t go up expecting to win, you just go up to have fun. You’re always surprised when you win stuff like this.”
Haase is somewhat of a late-bloomer, despite winning junior tournaments at Midlands Golf Club in his early golfing days, but said he simply plays golf for the enjoyment of the game and at this stage acknowledges it is a significant jump to the next level.
“The last eight months has been pretty good for my golf, hopefully it can continue.
“I’ve always taken it serious … (but) it’s such a big step. I’m probably a little bit older to try and go anywhere but I just play it to enjoy myself.”
Next on the calendar for Haase is the Men’s District Championships at Ballarat Golf Club on August 21.
Before heading to Melbourne to represent Ballarat in the Country Week Championships in September.
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