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Kirkhill youngster MacIver swings his way to world championships in California after winning British Junior Golf Tour trophy

By Alasdair Fraser

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Like the great Tiger Woods, he was swinging a club with promise before he had left nursery.

Now little Brody MacIver has landed a dream trip to compete for a world title in the golfing legend’s home state of California.

The six-year-old from Kirkhill outshone fellow six and under competitors at Bourn Golf Club near Cambridge at the weekend.

A round of 86 was enough to win his first trophy on the British Junior Golf Tour after six tournament triumphs out of six this year on another circuit, the Robert Rock Junior Golf Tour.

Little did Brody know, however, that this latest win – with a superb par, par, birdie, par finish – was also a passport to the IMG World Championships in San Diego to represent Great Britain next July.

Brody MacIver (6) after the junior golf tour win that has him heading to San Diego next July.
Brody MacIver (6) after the junior golf tour win that has him heading to San Diego next July.

Utterly devoted in his love of the sport, the young asthmatic’s mum and dad Gemma and Don, a five handicap, drive him around the UK in a specially-purchased motorhome to ensure he is shielded from Covid-19 risk.

With Scottish tour events all cancelled this year, that has entailed road trips to all corners of England, but now the Californian sunshine beckons.

“He’s just golf-daft, it is all he wants to do, 24/7,” Mrs MacIver said. “He watches the US Open and everything else he can find on the telly and can tell you about every pro. It can drive you nuts! But we’re delighted he is so keen and enthusiastic about golf.

“He just takes it all in his stride. He was quite chuffed he won, but was quite relaxed about it.

“We hadn’t told him before the event it was a world qualifier as we didn’t want him feeling too pressured.

“Afterwards, everyone was congratulating him and saying ‘and you’re going out to San Diego’ and he was looking at them like they had two heads. He didn’t have a clue.

“It took an hour or two for it to sink in but he’s so excited now. He can’t wait.”

The young Nairn Golf Club member missed a lot of Robert Rock tour action due to the Covid-19 situation, but needs two wins from a remaining three events to qualifying for the grand final at Little Aston next month.

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