Golf: Jet wins qualifying tourney

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By The Staff

Local standout youth golfer Austin Jet had another big showing recently.

Jet, 7, qualified for the US Kids Golf World Championships, which will be held in Pinehurst, N.C., in the first week of August. Jet, who lives in White Rock, won a qualifying event earlier this month to grab a spot in the world championship tournament.

This is the second straight year Jet will travel to the world championships. After his 2009 appearance, Gov. Bill Richardson proclaimed Aug. 8 “Austin Jet Day” in New Mexico.

At the qualifying event, held June 9, Jet finished with a 9-hole score of 41, just 5 strokes over. His round included a birdie on the par-3 sixth.

Jet started playing golf competitively at the age of 5 and has played in several tournaments throughout the country. His favorite course, in fact, is Sandpiper in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Prior to the US Kids Golf World Championships, Jet will take part in the 2010 Callaway Junior Golf Championship, which is scheduled for July 12-16.

When not playing golf, Jet enjoys riding bikes, fishing and playing various other sports.