Ogg gets in the swing with ultimate dream

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SHADWELL’S Cameron Ogg has only been serious about golf for three years with his handicap down to seven as his 18th birthday approaches.

Turning professional remains a long shot but entirely possible with Ian Poulter no less, fully behind his cause.

Ogg, 17, looks up to the usual suspects in the golfing game such as Rory McIlroy but it was last month’s appearance in the Ian Poulter Invitational Tournament that has been his best sporting moment yet.

The Wike Ridge Golf Club player was hand picked to take part in the tournament at Woburn Golf Club and received valuable advice from Poulter, who still has a handicap of 18.

Poulter is now an established member of the PGA and European Tour circuits which Rossett High School student Ogg dreams of joining one day.

The Leeds teenager remains committed to his A-levels with a career in engineering in mind though living a life on the golf course is the ultimate dream!

“If I could get on the Tour one day it would be a dream come true,” Ogg told LS1.

“But you don’t want to end up putting all your eggs in one basket and leave yourself out of education.

“I’ve just finished my first year of doing A-levels and I’m planning, if I get my grades, to do engineering at university – hopefully at Newcastle.

“But I want to carry on playing golf and see how far I can go. you never know as there’s a lot of good players about!”

Ogg failed to really shine in last month’s tournament but the last three years has seen the teenager progress enormously up the golfing ranks.

After initially taking up the sport aged nine, Ogg ditched golf in favour of football in his early teenage years with the former Shadwell Primary School pupil a regular in the Garforth Junior League for Manor Park and then Bardsey.

But three years ago one of Ogg’s closest pals, Robbie Decker, urged him to give golf another go and the duo are now two of the star acts of Wike Ridge’s thriving junior team.

Now it is playing on the European professional tour that Ogg ultimately dreams of and his recent outing under the watchful eye of Poulter is the closest he’s got.

He said: “We were treated like kings and it was quality. We also got some time with Ian Poulter once we were on the course. he came around asking us what shots we were playing.

“It was a bit nerve-racking but good at the same time. It was a class experience.”

An experience that left Ogg with a new golfing favourite whose example he hopes to follow.

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