A SIX-YEAR-OLD is swinging in to action in the hope of becoming the next Rory McIlroy or Lee Westwood.
Charlie Boys, a year two pupil at Ysgol Tanyfron, is already carding rounds close to 100 on 18-hole golf courses. Next week Charlie will take part in the biggest competition of his fledgling career so far – at Celtic Manor in Newport, home of the 2010 Ryder Cup.
He will compete in the Welsh Mini Masters on October 29, and is currently ranked inside the top six players under the age of seven in Wales.
He qualified for the national tournament after finishing inside the top four of a qualifier tournament at Dolgellau in June.
He joined Clays Golf Club, Wrexham over a year ago and regularly plays with boys and girls more than twice his age.
Charlie’s dad, Gareth, a PE teacher at Hartford High School, Northwich, said: “It’s been brilliant. He’s already beaten all the family. I’m struggling to keep up with him over 18 holes.
“There’s no pressure on him, however. If he’s enjoying it, that is the main thing.
“It is staggering to see him playing so well and he just loves it.”
Ysgol Tanyfron headteacher Nick Hankin said of Charlie: “He is an exceptional golfer for his age.
“His coaches believe he is good enough to make a real go of it.
“He is naturally gifted and has fantastic eye-hand co-ordination for a boy of his age.
“I’ve already offered to be Charlie’s caddy when he is living in Florida and playing in the majors!”
He added: “He (Charlie) is a super kid, really screwed on to both his school work and his golf.
“He practises a lot and clearly wants to be a great golfer even at his age.
“Hopefully the other children will be inspired by Charlie’s golfing skills and look to take up golf or any other sport.
“This would be great for the school because we want to try and get as many of kids active and eating as healthy as possible.”
Sam Griffiths, Clay’s club professional who coaches Charlie, said: “He’s one of the best young players I’ve ever seen.
“At the moment I’d say he is the most advanced six-year-old we’ve ever had.
“His strength is amazing. Just the ability to go round a full 18 holes is an achievement at his age.
“The fact that Charlie is able to compete and sometimes beat lads twice his age shows you where he is at.”