Harry Takis is a talented young member of Virginia Golf Club with aspirations to climb the ladder and emulate some of Australia’s best golfers.
But no matter what lies ahead, good, bad or indifferent, the 17-year-old has vowed to live out his sporting journey always enjoying the sport he loves.
“I used to beat myself up and thought I had to be perfect,’’ he said.
“I didn’t realise how young I was, and that I didn’t need to be perfect.
“Just don’t stop loving the game, otherwise you won’t enjoy it,” he said.
Takis is a promising rookie on the rise in the sport who is just starting to bustle his way toward some milestone moments.
One of his more immediate challenges will be to compete in the United States last this year, big moment in his career – providing he can afford it.
“To get to America is not cheap. Getting in is the big thing, but then he has to pay his own way,” a friend said.
To help him gain this experience, family members and friends (Takis’ greatest supporters) are organising a fundraiser event.
“The event is a fundraiser to get Harry over to the U.S. for enough tournament practice and to make sure he is ready.”
One of the biggest tournaments Takis hopes to compete in this year, is the 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur.
It will be held at the Daniel Island Club in Charleston, S.C.
“If he’s worrying about all of the logistics, he can’t enjoy it.”
“It takes the love out of it.”
HARRY’S CLIMB TO THE TOP
Harry first got into golf as a youngster, when his dad would take him to the range in their spare time for fun.
There was a period of time when he stopped going and took a break from the sport, but a visiting golfer inspired him to get back into playing.
“We had a golfer stay with us, and I wanted to get out and be involved so I started playing again,” he said.
At the age of 10, Takis enlisted coaching support from the world-renowned Ian Triggs.
In the seven years since, Triggs (with 40 years of coaching experience under his belt) has been Takis’ soul coach.
He even moved house with family to live on the golf course, and now has daily access to practice at all hours.
Along with his coaching team, Harry credits his achievements to the continued support of family and friends.
Both on the course, and in the decision making of everyday life.
“Everyone is pretty involved in it, which is good.”
Being surrounded by such an incredible support network has helped Takis reach levels that many can only dream of, and at such a young age.
He is currently ranked in the top 600 players globally for open age, top 50 in the world for junior age, and no. 1 in Australia for junior age.
Most recent major achievements:
Victorian Junior Masters 70,74,70 (+1) 2nd
Cameron Smith Junior Classic 68,71 (-3) 2nd
Greg Norman Junior Masters 67,76,73,68 (even) 4th
Wayne Grady Cup 67,70 (-5) 1st
IGA Invincibles Junior Masters 69,69,73,70 (-5)
Gary Player Classic 66,70,74 (even) 1st
Takis started high school at Nudgee College before moving to Kelvin Grove State College and then eventually switching to online school.
The online style of education means he can focus on his golfing future while still completing studies from home.
He remains enrolled at KG in order to complete a Certificate of Health and Fitness.
In 2022, it was a visit from recruiting agency StudyPlay USA that peaked Harry’s interest in studying in the U.S.
“I’d heard of them before, but wanted to know a little bit more so had a meeting with them and really liked the sound of it all,” he said.
Speaking about how it all came about, Takis revealed the process to be tough right up to the moment he verbally committed to University of San Diego State in 2024.
“It was actually a relief to officially sign, because the process was stressful.
“Especially when you don’t know where you want to go or what you want to do,” Takis said.
“This year my biggest goal is to get over and play in the U.S. Junior Amateur tournament.”
Later this year, Takis will take the final step toward his future and sign on the dotted line.
WORDS FROM THE STAR
Like in any sport, Harry admits there are days that are good and days that are ‘bad.’
“I definitely get stressed, just like other sports.”
During those not-so-good times, it’s remembering how far he’s come as an athlete that makes all the difference and usually gets him back on track.
“There’s always something good that you can take from a round of golf,” Takis said.
“There’s always one shot that will bring you back.”