Campbelltown Golf Club’s new Head Professional has a driving ambition to open up the sport to young people. Scott Martyn is only a few months into the job, but is already pushing junior clinics and is also keen to tee up visits to local schools.
“It’s not only me wanting people coming here to the club, but me going out to find young enthusiasts” Scott said. He should know – he started out as one. Playing his first game aged 12, the 35-year-old has since turned his hobby into his passion, and his passion into a career. His passion for golf has taken him on overseas tours, professional roles at Macquarie Links International and Highlands Golf Club in Mittagong, and he's even shaken the hand of the Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus.
“I originally did my traineeship (at Bexley Golf Club), but I guess it’s a bit like being an apprentice builder – do you really want to be a builder when you finish,” Scott said. “Then I started to work at clubs, got to play and go on pro-am tours, then a cheque came in with some money, then I got to play some of the expensive fancy courses for free, and then there was the friendships I've been able to make.”
And here he is now, wanting to urge others to take up the joys of golf.
"To grow our game, we need to get young people interested."
Every course has its wily veterans who over many years have learned every small nuance of the green, but fresh talent is also needed to keep any club healthy. In his former pro position in Mittagong, Scott was known for hosting Come and Try Gala Days for junior golfers, creating a family atmosphere on the course.
Scott is married with two young children and tells us his best tournament score to date is 66, at Murrumbidgee Golf Club.