Brothers to battle it out for a spot in the golfing limelight

Spurred on: Jack Bado says his younger brother's success will push him on

Spurred on: Jack Bado says his younger brother's success will push him on

First published in Sport Wandsworth Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

Sibling rivalry will spur on Jack Bado in the forthcoming qualifier for the Powerade PGA Assistants’ Championship.

The 24-year-old, and his younger brother William, will be among the field at Laleham Golf Club on May 12, aiming to reach the £32,500 championship final later in the summer.

Jack reckons his 19-year-old brother’s success in winning a tournament just weeks after turning pro has given him an incentive to do well at Laleham.

He said: “Will only turned pro in September and won in his second outing as a professional at North Foreland, so he’s doing really well.

“His success has definitely spurred me on and given me a kick up the backside to get out there and practice.”

Jack has passed on some of his golfing skills to his younger brother and now coaches students at the Golf College alongside PGA Master Professional Denis Pugh and Paul Lyons.

Working alongside established names such as Pugh, a respected European Tour coach and Sky Sports golf pundit, has been a huge boost for Jack.

“I’ve learned such a lot from Denis and the others and while over the next few years I definitely see myself playing more coaching is also something I really enjoy,” he said.

William is based at Farleigh Golf Club in Surrey and has completed the first of his three-year foundation degree progamme in professional golf studies which covers a range of subjects including equipment, sports science, coaching, retail, business and marketing and sports psychology.

William said: “There is a lot more work than I imagined but it’s been interesting and learning things like the ball flight laws has not only helped in my coaching but my own game too.

“With the exams over I can focus more on playing now and long term my aim is to play on the PGA Europro Tour but I need to improve.

“It was great to win in my second tournament but it hasn’t been too great since then so hopefully I can get back to some kind of form."

He added: “Both Jack and I are supportive of each other and hopefully we can both make it through at Laleham.”

For Jack, it will be last attempt to qualify for the prestigious championship which predates the Masters and was first contested in 1930.

“I missed out on a play-off by one stroke in my first year and haven’t been really close since so I would love to reach the final,” added Jack.

 

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