Second-grader at head of class on the links

Guy Junker has the story from WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh:

PITTSBURGH (WTAE)–When school starts back in a little over a month, a lot of kids will be talking about what they did on their summer vacation. For 7-year-old Mya Morgan, she’s got some bragging to do. Next week, she’ll go to Pinehurst, N.C., to compete in the U.S. Kids Golf World Tournament.

“Well, I know the course is going to be flat because my dad told me,” Mya said.

Her dad, Tony, is a caddie at Oakmont Country Club, which is near Pittsburgh, and a former Pitt football player. He recognized her talent when she was barely walking.

“At the age of two, we had her on the course and she hit a ball out of the bunker and put it right in with a pitching wedge,” Maya’s father Tony said. “She beat me last year, and I won’t play her until she starts giving me some strokes.”

Mya has won 19 tournaments on the kids tour already– she’s a three-time Player of the Year. She had a bit of a bit of a setback this season when she broke her collarbone.

“I was playing on the monkey bars like I usually do, and my hands were starting to get sweaty and then I just slipped right off,” Mya said.

She’s rebounded nicely. Today’s practice, on a picture perfect day, had her trademark bow shining in the sun– full of energy, innocence, and unlimited potential.

“Personally, I think she’s going to be a wonderful high school player,” Rolling Fields Golf pro and coach Stephen Flash said. “I think college is going to be probably paid for, so the parents need to take care of that, but after that, that’s where it becomes much more difficult.”

“I am going to be a professional golfer in the spring and summer, but in the fall and winter, that’s when I’m going to start doing veterinarian stuff,” Mya said.

For now, she’s just a focused kid, having fun and spending time with her family on the golf course.

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