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Six Year Old Has Eyes On PGA Tour

Perry Hall resident Brandon Wilson was hooked on golf from the moment he picked up a club, and at the tender age of 6, he’s already making his presence known as a force in the U.S. Kids Tournament Series.

At the age of 20 months, Wilson was smacking plastic golf balls around the house, and by the age of 4, was dispensing swing tips to his mother at the driving range. Practicing and playing almost every day, he works mostly on his short game, while still finding time for his other favorite sports -- lacrosse, baseball and soccer.

The Kingsville Elementary student played in four tournaments this summer, winning twice and finishing as the runner-up on two other occasions. He has three additional events to play in this summer, including the year-end tour championship.

On July 9, Wilson shot a nine-hole round of 40 at Crofton Country Club in the U.S. Kids World Golf Championship Qualifier and received a berth in the U.S. Kids World Championships at Pinehurst, N.C.

On July 12 he followed that score up with a 46 on a difficult golf course, Inniscrone Golf Club in Avondale, Pa., for his second win of the season, dominating the field as all the other boys shot in the 70s.

He is now preparing for the U.S. Kids World Golf Championships which will take place Aug. 2-4. This is where he will find out how he is ranked in the world rankings.

Wilson got an early jump on the competition, tagging along with his father at the age of 3 to the driving range at Mountain Branch Golf Club in Fallston. Rob Wilson, a scratch golfer, is the founder and host of radio show Double Bogey Blues, featured on WJFK.

Brandon got his first set of U.S. Kids golf clubs at 3 and was a natural, according to his father.

“I was amazed to watch a 30-inch tall, 3-year-old little boy hit the golf ball so well,’’ Rob Wilson said. “His swing had the form of a great golfer from the first time he hit the ball. It didn’t take long before he was getting stronger and hitting the ball straighter.’’

With such great form at an early age, the Wilsons concentrated on the young golfer’s hitting strength and set up a practice range in the basement for the winter months.

Rob Wilson said the key is to keep it fun for his son.

“We practice hard, but we always play little games on the range and the putting green so Brandon can win money or candy,” he said.

Brandon Wilson also works religiously on his short game, especially putting, which he often practices blindfolded in order to get the feel for short putts.

“You have to work on all aspects of the game, but we make sure we practice chipping and putting more than other parts of the game since that’s where you score in the game of golf,’’ Rob Wilson said.

Issue 2.30: July 26, 2007