He could play golf before he could read
La-Velle Clark-Halket – Sa Kids Golf – He strives to become the youngest winner of the Masters
10 September 2012 | Annalie Anticevich
A seven-year-old golf player strives to become the youngest winner of the Masters.
La-Velle Clark-Halket, who started his school career this year, developed an interest in golf at the age of five while playing in the backyard of his parent’s home.
Dad Leslie said La-Velle found a 9-iron in the yard and decided to take a few swings.
”He had no previous interest or knowledge of the game but as time went by he became intrigued by it. Once we have noticed he was becoming more and more interested, we took him to a veld to hit a few balls around. Before we knew it, he had developed his own ‘swing’ and we saw he definitely had a talent.”
They took La-Velle to Kempton Park Golf Club where he got his first set of junior golf clubs. He was very excited and spent almost every minute outside with his new clubs.
In May La-Velle took part in his first tournament at Kempton Park Golf Club. “He made an amazing putt on the fifth hole which made him the talk of the tournament, as it actually was a tournament for 10-13 year olds.”
In July La-Velle played in the the SA Kids Golf Tournament at Kyalami Golf Club where he scored 55, which put him at at ninth place in his age group out of 112 participants.
In August La-Velle took part in his next tournament through SA Kids Golf at Southdowns Golf Club. His play had radically improved. He scored 45 to come fifth.
Clark-Halket said La-Velle drives well and exceeds 200m to 220m. The thing he practices mostly is his bunker shots.
Dad and son also play nine holes on Saturdays and Sundays and they never seem to miss this commitment.
Clark-Halket said La-Valle’s dream is to become the youngest winner of the The Masters Tournament. His idols are Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk.
He recently started with golf lessons with Craig Lavita, a coach at Kempton Park Country Club. “We believe this will only lead to a more disciplined approach to the game, on and off the field,” Clark-Halket said.