Nine-year-old golfer Ryan Vest was cruising along in top-10 contention at the U.S. Kids World Golf Tournament at Pinehurst Coure No. 1 in North Carolina before finding the rough on the third day.
Vest shot even on day one and sat tied for fifth. He was +4 on day two and lost his focus on the third day when he carded a +10. He finished +14 and tied for 30th.
It was a huge improvement from last year when he cared a +24 and placed 72nd. This was his fourth year with the U.S. Kids experience.
“Ryan really loves it down there,” said Ryan’s mother Laurie. “He loves competing and he wanted to get back to golf as soon as we got home.”
The Vests returned to Vernon Sunday and Ryan headed to Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club Monday to work on chipping.
Temperatures were soaring in the high 30s with a stifling humidex to boot. Vest teed off in the morning on day one, but was stuck playing in the heat of the day on the second and third days.
Vest recorded his first eagle at Pinehurst on day one when he chipped in on the sixth hole, which was a par four. Vest is already looking forward to next year’s trip.