Traigh Pathon is usually the tiniest golfer in his age category but he has a reputation for hitting the ball further than competitors twice his size.
On 22 February of this year, the little champ won the category for 9 year olds at the US international Kids tournament, despite once again being the smallest kid in his age category.
The tournament was held at the Zebula Golf Estate in Limpopo and is called the BIG 5.
It is named after South Africa’s ‘Big Five’ game animals, namely the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo.
The tournament was held over 2 days with 18 holes a day and an extra day for an official practice round.
On day 1 of the tournament, Traigh was laying 2nd place with a score of 3 under par, just 3 points off the UK leader, AJ Van Emmenis.
On day 2, the final day of the tournament, Traigh went in to make 4 birdies in a row and end 9 holes with 5 under par.
The top 3 boys all dropped shots and ended 4 shots behind Traigh.
The back 9 was cancelled due to Thunderstorms.
Coming in a joint second was Austria’s Sebastian Aigner and South Africa’s Lubanzi Tselane with the United Kingdom’s AJ van Emmenis taking third place.
Winning this international tournament has given Traigh priority status for the next year and entry into all big international tournaments
However, the tournament was held before the Coronavirus became a worldwide pandemic so Traigh will have to wait a while before he can compete internationally.
For the time being, his mom, Tiara, will be concentrating on trying to get sponsorships to fund his future travels, so if you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you can contact her at 0731666173 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org.