9-year-old Arkansas golf prodigy will compete on the Nationwide Stage in Augusta


SHERWOOD, Ark. — Golf is a sport that everybody can choose up rapidly, particularly at a younger age. Improper! Golf is maybe essentially the most irritating sport to play, however for some cause there are those that cannot get sufficient of it.

9-year-old Berklee Turner loves golf a lot you’ll find her on the hyperlinks of The Greens at North Hills in Sherwood six to seven days every week for 4 to 6 hours a day working towards her sport.

The Cabot native began {golfing} when she was 5, however her love for the sport began when she was two years previous when she could not cease taking part in a golf sport on her mum or dad’s pill.

“We’re pondering, ‘she’s two. Let’s transfer it off there,'” Berklee’s mother Tracy mentioned. “She would get upset. We’d put Disney again on and she or he saved going again to the golf sport. Then we might drive by the course and she or he’d go… me play. Me play.”

Berklee tried out dance and gymnastics earlier than attending to the greens.

“Apparently she was faucet dancing and speaking about how she needed to play golf,” Tracy mentioned.

When she first began taking part in golf, she was accidently put in a Sunday scramble competing in opposition to two 10-year-old boys. Evidently it was an unfair benefit… for Berklee.

“She went on the market and beat two of the ten yr previous boys and had one crying within the car parking zone and the opposite one throwing his golf equipment,” Tracy mentioned. “All of the dad and mom have been like, ‘who’s instructing her?’”

That may be Arkansas golf corridor of famer Daybreak Darter who’s at present the top PGA golf professional at The Greens at North Hills.

“She’s a phenomenon at that time,” Darter mentioned. “In most senses she jogs my memory of me. I had the will to have this sport devour me and that’s what occurred to her. There’s nothing which you can inform her that she gained’t do. It’s not an argument, she simply does it. It’s phenomenal.”

With solely 4 years of taking part in expertise and fewer than 10 years on Earth, Berklee’s enchancment has been unbelievable.

On the age of six Berklee broke 100. At seven, she began taking part in in tournaments round Arkansas as her personal caddie. At eight, she was ranked twenty sixth within the state for ladies ages 14-18.

“When she desires to win one thing thus far she’s been in a position to do it,” Tracy mentioned. “We’re simply alongside for the trip at this level.”

“She simply does it naturally, it is simply superb,” Berklee’s dad Rob mentioned.

What would be the craziest a part of this story is that golf doesn’t run within the household.

“No one in our household performs golf, not a single individual,” Tracy mentioned whereas laughing.

So, why does Berklee like a sport a lot that normally drives regular folks into an unstable stage of frustration? As a result of she loves driving the ball so far as she will be able to.

Presently, Berklee is near getting her max drive as much as 170 yards. She’s seeing a coach at D1 to extend her power so she might be as sturdy as her favourite superhero, Tremendous Woman.

“I needed to be sturdy like that and I needed to be that in my sport,” Berklee mentioned. “That’s how I bought the brand.”

She additionally desires to be like her actual life superhero, former razorback and now LGPA golfer Maria Fassi.

“She swings actually exhausting and it goes actually far,” Berklee mentioned.

“She bought tweeted out from Maria when she gained at Alotion that they’ll be watching,” Tracy added. “She bought a letter from Arkansas Athletic Director Hunter Yuracheck saying they might be watching and that hope that perhaps sooner or later she can be a Razorback.”

Berklee considers her letter from Yurachek as her most prized possession as a result of she hopes to golf for the Hogs sooner or later.

“I type of need to be the hometown woman,” Berklee mentioned confidently.

Berklee’s expertise is beginning to get seen. Not simply across the pure state, however across the continent.

For her age group, she’s ranked sixth out of the U.S. and Canada and would be the solely youngster from Arkansas to compete within the Drive, Chip, and Putt nationwide finals on the Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership come April.

“I’m very excited,” Berklee mentioned whereas laughing.

So as to qualify for the nationwide finals, Berklee needed to win a event at Alotion Golf Membership in Roland. The catch is that it was raining all day. Seems Berklee likes taking part in within the rain for one cause specifically.

“It’s a problem and I like challenges.”

“She mentioned she needed to go to the Masters,” Tracy mentioned in disbelief. “Us as dad and mom are like, ‘Okay.’ We don’t need to say no, however we all know how exhausting it could be. She simply saved working towards and getting higher and higher.”

“She is fearless, however not afraid to fail,” Darter mentioned.

After listening to that Berklee is heading to Augusta to compete on the nationwide stage, the town of Cabot named November 1st ‘Berklee Turner Day’.

“We by no means anticipated this,” Tracy mentioned. “You can’ve advised me this and I’d’ve advised you that you just have been loopy. I believed she was going to do dance and gymnastics. That’s what you do with women.”

Apparently, not with Tremendous Woman.

“The golf skilled that taught me, he’s within the Arkansas corridor of fame,” Darter mentioned. “Above his plaque is my Arkansas corridor of fame plaque in my professional store. I advised her the opposite day that her plaque will grasp with our plaques and she or he’ll be within the Arkansas corridor of fame.”

Berklee will compete on the Drive, Chip, and Putt nationwide Finals on April third. You may watch on the Golf Channel.

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