About Jack Wilson



"Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard" Jack's motto.

Jack first picked up a golf club at the age of 11, when his family moved opposite the Rich River Golf Club in Echuca.  With the help and support of his family, Jack played as often as possible eventually earning a position in the representative country teams.

When Jack finished school in 2008, he joined the Kingswood Golf Club in Melbourne's South East and began representing the club in Metropolitan Pennant in 2009, commuting from Echuca every weekend. By the end of 2009, Jack had moved to Melbourne and was selected in the Victorian under 25's Representative Team to travel to Queensland in September 2010, where Victoria claimed the Australian Interstate Series trophy for the first time in a number of years.  In December 2010, Jack won his first individual result of any significance, the Victorian Amateur Championship.

Jack turned professional at the beginning of 2011 by undertaking a PGA of Australia Traineeship, which is a 3 year course involving education, full time work in all areas of the Kingswood Golf Club and most importantly, tournament golf.  In February, Jack went back home and won his first national event at the Coca-Cola Rich River Trainee Classic, by 2 shots. Jack continued his good form during the year, finishing 3rd in the state championships and top 10 in every national event for the rest of the year, including the Australian Trainee Championships, culminating with the Victorian Trainee Order of Merit title in 2011 and was awarded with academic excellence.

Jack started 2012, by playing to defend his title at the Coca-Cola Rich River Trainee Classic, where he finished second. He then travelled interstate and finished second at the Queensland Championships in Bundaberg, then went on to birdie the final two holes of the tournament at the NSW Championships to win the rival states title by 2. In Perth in October Jack fired a 6-under par 65, to qualify for the ISPS Perth International Championship, the inaugural co-sanctioned European Tour and Australian Tour event, which was the biggest tournament on the Australian schedule. Like 2011, Jack finished 2012 being awarded the Victorian Order of Merit title, finished 1st in the National Trainee Player Rankings, and won 2012 Trainee of the Year, a feat very few have achieved in the 2nd year of their course.

Jack was granted a full scholarship into the Victorian Institute of Sport in March 2013.  With a new coach and complete support team, Jack won his first 4 round event, the Southern Division Trainee Championships by 2 shots, and went onto claim the title at the Royal Melbourne Purse, one of Victoria's most prestigious Pro-Am tournaments. Jack finished second at the NSW/ACT Trainee Championships, and the Western Australian Trainee Championships, before creating history in October, when he won the WA Goldfields PGA, at the Kalgoorlie Golf Course, by becoming the first-ever trainee to win an Australian Tour event.

He finished 2013 well, by completing his three year PGA of Australia trainee program, and got the attention commentator's and golfer's alike, when he came outright third on an 8-under par 'total', at the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines behind reigning Masters Champion Adam Scott and American, Rickie Fowler; claiming the Kel Nagle Plate for best performing tournament rookie.  

Due to finishing 2nd at the NSW Open, Jack secured 5th position on the Australian Tour Order of Merit and received full exemption on home soil and into the One Asia tour events for 2014.

Adam Scott said of Jack in November 2013, "We might be looking at one of the best players to come out of Australia".