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BY JOHN CONLEY
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An 11-year-old Oceana boy is already becoming a "top flight" golfer.
Colin Bowles, who enters sixth grade at Oceana Middle School this fall, recently won the Top Flite Tour championship in the 12-under division and was named the tour's Player of the Year.
"I play 54 holes a day," said Bowles. "Lots of time I just practice on the practice green (at Clearfork Valley)."
"When he wakes up, he expects his Mom to bring him down here," observed his father, Toney Bowles, golf pro at Clearfork Valley.
He stays on until dark.
"My lowest score here is 63," stated Bowles. "I try to beat that every time I play."
He won nine of the 11 events he entered on the Top Flite Tour, which consists of one-day tournaments all around the state. Colin traveled with his mother, Angie, to most events. The top 24 in each age division qualified for the finals.
But he isn't impressed by what he's accomplished so far. "I can play a lot better," he said.
Colin says chipping and putting are the strengths of his game.
His dad agrees. "When he gets on the green, he feels like he should make every putt," he observed.
The younger Bowles "has a lot of focus for an 11-year-old," Toney Bowles remarked. "He can stay out there five or six hours and keep his concentration. It;s pretty amazing."
Colin twice won a Round of the Day honor.
"I think was more impressed by that than anything else, because that award includes kids up to 18-under," said Toney Bowles.
Colin was part of Oceana Middle's conference champioship golf team last spring.
"Golf is like football or basketball or any other sport these days," his father commented. "If you want to be competitive, you have to play all year round."
The youngster's goals are high. "I'd like be on the PGA tour," he says
"He's got a long way to go to get to where he wants to be," Toney Bowles noted. "He wants to get to play golf at a major college and then try to make money playing with the PGA tour."
Till then, he'll be out on the course every day.
"I need to improve every part of my game," Colin said.
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