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Hannah Mason Swings for Success

Hannah Mason is Victoria Park’s newest PGA Trainee Professional and I had the chance to sit down with her earlier this week to have a chat about her golfing experiences and aspirations. Her passion for the game began at the young age of 11, sparked from the competitive nature between her and her brother who had started playing the game just before Hannah.

Who are your role models in the sporting industry and why?

I would definitely say that Karrie Webb is a strong role model, not just for me but for a lot of young female golfers out there. She has had an incredible career and accomplished a lot so far. I think it is important to have an Australia to look up to as well. I also look up to Annika Sorenstam as she has such passion and initiative not only in her game, but also off course.

She has internationally renowned coaching schools and even her own clothing line and I find it inspiring to see a woman succeeding and capitalising on her talent.

Which course is your favourite to play on and why?

Royal Queensland is one of my favourites to play on because it allows me to pull out my driver regularly (Hannah’s favourite club – Cobra ZL Encore). The course was renovated in 2007 though and I have to admit I’m a fan of the old layout.

How do you prepare for a competition? Do you have any secret pre-game rituals?

Personally, I find that playing a round on the course prior to a competition is vital. It allows me to get a feel for the course, especially if it is new to me, and gain some knowledge for club selection and spots to avoid. As for my secret, I tend to get a bit nervous just before a competition so I always listen to a heavy/pumping playlist on my way to a game to get me pumped and ready to take on the challenge.

What was your most memorable golf moment?

A hole in one! I only recently had one a few weeks ago (January) and it was the most surreal feeling. I remember hitting my shot and thinking, “that’s on the green I’m happy,” and then as I went to walk back to my bag my friends were yelling and saying “Look up! Look up!” I looked up just in time to see the ball roll into the hole.

What do you believe is the biggest challenge you will face during your traineeship?

I need to focus a lot of time on practise and improving my game and I worry that this will take time away from my other commitments and activities. However, I knew what I was getting into when I decided to go down this path and I’m excited for the challenge.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

The main reason why I decided to advance my career in golf was because I want to be a golf coach. The education side of the traineeship allows me to study a specific area of coaching and I’m particularly interested in the fitness area. I see myself working as a coaching professional, most likely here in Brisbane whilst I create a solid knowledge base. I’m also not ruling out the possibility of breaking into the US market, but I think that will be a bit further down the track.

What do you like most about the game?

Golf is a great game for improving both physical and mental fitness. It teaches you a lot of patience and discipline and has no boundaries to age. If you’re thinking about taking up the game, then definitely give it a try.

If you could give one golfing tip what would it be?

Practise, practise, practise! The short game is the most important aspect of your game. If that is on point, then the rest will flow on from there. It may be tedious at times, but every bit of practise pays off.