Brandon Wilson, a 7-year-old Kingsville Elementary student, claimed 13 wins and seven second place finishes on the US Kids Golf Tour. (Rob Wilson)
This summer was good to Wilson, a 7-year-old Kingsville Elementary student who claimed 13 wins and seven second-place finishes on the US Kids Golf Tour, never finishing lower than runner-up.
Wilson earned Player of The Year honors on the Maryland/Dover and Philadelphia South Kids Tours. He also earned an exemption to the 2009 US Kids World Championship at Pinehurst, N.C., where he will compete against the top 100 8-year-old boys in the world. The event will host players from 33 different countries and more than 45 states.
Wilson was recently invited to play in the US Kids Desert Shootout in Phoenix this December. He also played a few events on the Junior Tour of Baltimore, where he won one event and finished second in two others.
"Adding more than 10 more events to his busy golf tour schedule this summer, we knew it was going to be nothing but golf for the summer," said Brandon’s father, Rob Wilson, host of the Baltimore-based "Double Bogey Blues" radio program. "Unlike last year, when it was pretty much practice every day in the summer, Brandon was good enough this summer to have some down time to play with his friends and relax."
Brandon Wilson has been known to card under-par rounds at his home course, Mountain Branch Golf Club.
"As his dad and caddy, it can be hard on both of us. But at the end of the day, a smile and hug makes it all worth while," Rob Wilson said. "We made one decision together, that we would play hard until the last putt on the last hole of each day, no matter how bad it looked during the round.
"Brandon mastered that pretty quickly and that was what helped him win many events this year. He finished strong. The kids that last the longest until the last hole usually end up on top at the end of the day."
Brandon’s lowest score this summer was 37 for nine holes. He has shot under par during practice rounds at his home course, Mountain Branch in Harford County. His highest tournament score was 50 -- while all the other 7-year-olds shot in the 70s that day.
"After a fun and rewarding summer for Brandon, at the end of the day he worked hard on his game and became an awesome little golfer," Rob Wilson said. "His golf knowledge and understanding the rules of the game are superb.
"I’m not saying he’s the next Tiger Woods, but he has a real good chance of being successful in the game of golf. And, most importantly, he doesn’t think he is anything special. As a matter of fact, he is quite shy about being a great golfer and getting special attention from his friends and his schoolmates."
Issue 3.39: September 25, 2008