Star Corowa international golfer Marcus Fraser is in line to represent Australia in the Summer Olympics in Rio in August.
The 37-year-old now leads a tight race in the men’s division for the second place behind world number one Jason Day.
The Olympic team will be finalised on July 11 with the two top men and women in their respective world rankings qualifying.
“Obviously there are two months to go but something like this is pretty exciting,” he told the Free Press.
“It will give me extra motivation to work even harder.”
Fraser is thrilled to be mentioned alongside Jason Day. “Obviously he’s the best player in the world and to hopefully be part of that team is massively exciting,” the Corowa born and bred champion said.
“If I do get the final selection it would be something to remember for the rest of my life.”
The popular Peninsular-Kingswood Golf Club-based Fraser said he’s had “a good break” for the past six weeks.
“I feel the batteries are charged up and raring to go,” he said.
Fraser’s inclusion at this stage followed the unfortunate withdrawal of Australia No. 3 male ranked golfer Marc Leishman. Leishman reluctantly withdrew his candidacy in view of his wife’s toxic syndrome health issue and wished Marcus all the best last Friday.
The program ahead for Fraser, the current Asian Tour leader, includes the Irish Open and the BMW PGA England tournament at Wentworth in Surrey.
The USA Open mid June is in his sights followed by the Bridgewater International and the British Open.
Fraser’s second position status at this stage for the Rio Olympics in Brazil was announced last Friday by Golf Australia.
Golf Australia spokesman Mark Hayes told the Free Press Fraser has “pole position”.
“There are seven guys in contention for the second spot. Marcus is No. 63 in the world, Matt Jones 71, Scott Hend 76, Steve Bowditch 96, John Senden 103, Cameron Smith 109 and Nathan Holman 160,” Hayes, who loves golfing in Corowa and Yarrawonga/Mulwala, said.
“Marcus has clearly had some outstanding results this year, as evidenced by him leading the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
“So should he get the chance we’d feel very comfortable he would be very worthy of his selection.”
Fraser’s announcement was met with glee at Corowa Golf Club. “Marcus absolutely deserves it,” club head coach Rob Rowe told the Free Press.
“No-one works harder than Marcus and he’ll represent the country with great pride. We’re lucky to have his Eisenhower Jacket here.”
Rowe praised individual and organisation. “To get to this level has to be a reflection on Marcus’s ability and a great reflection on our golf club,” the head coach said.
“I’m sure everyone at Corowa Golf Club is so proud of Marcus and wish him all the best regarding confirmation of his selection.”
It would be a wonderful early present for his 38th birthday in July.