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Jack Hourn has proven his ability in many sports, but he said there was one sport that took preference.
Jack Hourn has proven his ability in many sports, but he said there was one sport that took preference. Claudia Williams

WHETHER it be rugby league, touch football, AFL, cricket, golf or swimming, you can guarantee 20-year-old Jack Hourn's name is engraved on at least a handful of their champion's shields.

Not only does the Kingaroy product shine in a variety of sports, but he always does it with a beaming smile on his face.

"It's only sport. It's not really a big deal," he said.

"It's all just a bit of fun."

At the tender age of 20, Hourn has proven his ability in many sports, but he said there was one sport that took preference.

Playing off a handicap of three, Hourn said it was golf where he was most likely to make his mark.

"I am working on getting the handicap down lower," he said.

Hourn hasn't got to look far for inspiration, as his father, Graham, has won the Kingaroy Golf Club's A-Grade club championship more times than Hourn and his older brother, Peter, care to remember.

"Peter is off 5 and Dad plays off +2 (handicap). Dad went professional for a while a few years back," he said.

Golf has been a big part of Hourn's life since as early as he can remember.

"As soon as I could walk I had a set of plastic clubs," he said.

By the time Hourn hit teenage years, he was playing off a handicap the majority of members would proudly have displayed next to their name.

When he is not sinking birdie putts, Hourn is stepping and weaving his way through the pack and scoring four pointers on the rugby league field.

Hourn recently played in the under-20s regional Queensland rugby league team.

"It was good fun. It was a lot more intense than what I was used to," he said.

"They were a lot bigger boys than what you see around here."

While he was happy for the experience, like any serious sports person, Hourn was a little hard on himself.

"I could've played better. I didn't get involved as much as I wanted to," he said.

A member of the Kingaroy Red Ants A-Grade team who lost to the Nanango Stags in last year's grand final, the always humble Hourn acknowledged the better team won on the day.

"Nanango was just too good," he said.

"We didn't play anywhere near our best, but they deserved the win."

In his final year as an apprentice diesel fitter, Hourn said his work allows him ample time to get out on the fairways and work on his short game.

"I work five days on and five off, so I get to play a bit of golf," he said.

"In fact, I'm about to go for a hit now."

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