• Junior Sports Hotshot - Winner March 2017

    He’s not seven years old yet, but Joey Eason has a driving ambition to become one of world's best golfers.
    He’s already well on the way.
    Believe it or not, this young golfer from Wilton won his first US kids golf tournament at age of five, and is soon to head to Pinehurst, North Carolina to represent Australia in a World Championship event.
    Joey has been named as the latest recipient of Campbelltown Catholic Club’s monthly Sports Hotshot Award and awarded a $500 prize.
    We caught up with him at Campbelltown Golf Club as he showed us his style on the putting green.
    “I like the putting best, and the chipping,” Joey said.
    His hero is Rickie Fowler, who plays on the PGA Tour and became the number one ranked amateur golfer in the world in his teens.
    Joey is hot on his heels.
    His own story began in 2012 when he was two years old and received his first set of Cleveland golf clubs and caddie. It didn't take long for him to display a natural swing and love for the game.
    “It didn't matter whether it was a cold winter's day or a hot summer's day, Joey would be out the back playing the five holes on our acre block,” said proud dad, Martyn. “Time soon passed and it wasn't long till Joey could reach the house behind with his driver. This is where his love for chipping began. We soon released we either needed 5 acres or move closer to a golf course.”
    Since winning his first US kids golf tournament aged five, he has won several NSW events for juniors and placed 6th in the Australian Open playing up an age in the Under 7s.
    The family thanked the Catholic Club for its support, the money will helping to support his travel.
    “Joey's dream is to be a pro golfer, at such a young age he has the skills, heart and determination to get there, if this is what he chooses. Thank you.”

    The Club’s Sports Hot Shot award encourages young sportspeople to share their story online for the chance to win cash every month.
    It’s simple for any talented young local sportspeople to enter. Click here and share your sporting story in 250 words (or less) about your junior ‘Sports Hot Shot’. Every month the Club will Award $500 for the best entry.
    Stories don’t just have to be around sporting achievement. It could be about participation, overcoming personal adversity or you may have had your own ‘Steven Bradbury’ moment where you had an unexpected win against all the odds.
    Entrants must live in Macarthur and the nominating parent must be a member of Campbelltown Catholic Club.
    Sports Hot Shot must be 21 years of age or younger. Management’s decision shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into. If you’re not already a member and want to take part in this program, you can join Campbelltown Catholic Club membership for as little as $8 per year.

    Article and Photography by Jeff McGill