Golf: Denzel Ieremia carrying famous family pedigree

If the Ieremia name sounds familiar then you'd be right in thinking Denzel is the next generation of the famous Kiwi family.

The Waikato golfer is New Zealand's newest professional and he's looking to continue a strong sporting legacy.

The Ieremia's have already left a major mark on New Zealand sport. Alama played 30 tests for the All Blacks after April had featured nine times for the Silver Ferns.

Now their second cousin Denzel is attempting to play amongst the world's best in another sport.

"It's awesome to have family members succeed at the level they did and it'd be nice to do something similar in golf," Ieremia told Newshub.

"I've always wanted to play professional golf. It's my dream to play on the PGA Tour."

The 23-year-old only recently turned professional after a stand-out amateur career at Iowa State University.

"I just graduated college in December and that was the path I'd set forward back when I started college so I thought I'd strike while the iron was hot and while I've been in good form."

Ieremia has hit the ground running - marking his pro debut with a Top 15 finish at the Queensland PGA and unlike his famous namesakes, he enjoys the solo existence that golf provides.

"I was fortunate to experience a bit of the loneliness at web q-school last year, where you're kind of on the road and in a hotel room by yourself, but I like being alone to be honest and I like my personal time."

And with advice from his 'uncle' Alama, the new Ieremia generation is sure to make a mark on the New Zealand sporting landscape.

"He always sends me a few texts whenever it is throughout the year when I have big events and he says just do your thing and be comfortable in the space you're in"


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