A promising young golfer is not only beating other players his age – he is also besting adults.
Wilton’s Ayden Kokcek, who is just nine years old, recently took home the US KIDS golf tournament Autumn series in his age division.
The local competition sees young players compete at various golf courses around Sydney in one-day tournaments.
“The tournament was awesome,” Ayden said. “It was great to come first in my group.”
The Bingara Gorge local trains at Bingara Golf Course under the tutelage of Keiran Bish.
Ayden said he started playing golf with his father and fell in love with the sport.
“Dad bought me my first set of golf clubs,” he said. “I started playing, then started playing in competitions and I have slowly gotten better and better.
“I like when I hit good shots, I enjoy competing against other players and I have made friends.”
Ayden enjoyed beating his father and other adults during a club competition recently.
“Dad was upset that I beat him,” he said. “The competition was modified for the younger players but I still beat the adults which was fun.”
Ayden said professional golfers Rory McNamara and Rickie Fowler were his idols.
“I hope to play my entire life and to play professionally one day,” he said.
The youngster plays every weekend at Bingara Golf Course, has a putt with his father regularly and has one-on-one coaching sessions once a week.
Bish has been coaching Ayden since February this year.
“Ayden is dedicated, tries really hard, has a great attitude and also wants to learn when he comes to coaching sessions,” he said.
“He has good hand-eye coordination and knows how to hit the golf ball to where it needs to go.”
Bish said he was proud to see his student to do well in a competition.
“It is rewarding to see Ayden play well and achieve his goals,” he said.
Jenny Kokcek thanked Bish for his commitment and advice in training her son.
Ayden also competes in the Jack Newton Junior Golf’s Macarthur Junior Masters tournament.