DIFFERENT STROKES: From paint rep to golf pro
SANTA must have known what was to come when Josh Maddison received a plastic set of golf clubs for his fifth Christmas.
This year, Maddison, 27 is confident he will secure a professional tour card by the time the festive season rolls around again.
Not bad for a bloke who sells paint through the day.
The long time Noosa Golf Club member, who recently hit the club's lowest ever round of 62, was confident 2020 would be the year he turns pro.
"If I play as many events as I can and give myself every opportunity this year, I'd be surprised if I don't turn pro," he said.
"It's just about playing well in the right events."
Maddison grew up playing at the Noosa club but moved away to Canberra with his family before coming back to the sunshine two years ago.
"I just wanted to come home," he said.
"It (Canberra) is just a tough place to play because it is so cold.
"Here you can practice any time of the year."
It was in the nation's capital where he started his job as a sales rep for painting business Haymes Paint.
"One of the members down there, he owned a paint store," Maddison said.
"They have been very accommodating.
"They give me the time off to do stuff, like last week I played the Aussie Amateur," he said.
"They know I want to do this for a career."
Maddison's good mate and caddie Chris 'Woody' Wood tried to keep their on-the-course conversations about anything other than golf.
"I try to keep the mood light," he said.
"It's all about having fun.
"He plays his best golf when he is relaxed, we all do."
Unfortunately Maddison missed the cut in the Australian Amateur Championship by just one heartbreaking shot.
But as far as he was concerned, missing out by such a small margin has only made him more hungry.
"It was the biggest tournament I have played in so far," he said.
"In the scheme of things it has helped me learn valuable lessons."