July 16, 2014 8:20 pm

WATCH: Vernon golfing phenom headed to international competition and he’s only eight years old


VERNON – An eight year old Vernon boy is already giving adults a run for their money on the golf course and now Ryan Vest is headed to the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship to test his stuff against world class competitors his own age.

His mom says it all started when he was just two years old, after he saw a golf commercial on TV.

“It just took over. It just never stopped. He would start whacking anything that was in the house whether it be a little soft golf ball or anything that resembled a golf ball,” says Laurie Vest, Ryan’s mom.

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Fast forward six years and Ryan is already beating his dad on the links.

The Vernon boy got inspired again after seeing a documentary about other kids headed to the world championship of junior golf.

In an attempt to qualify himself, Ryan competed in a regional tournament in Phoenix in February.

He ended that event in a three-way tie for fifth place which was enough to qualify him for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship.

He’s not nervous, just excited to go and compete.

“It’s the biggest tournament in the world for kids,” says Ryan.

His mom awestruck watching her son in action.

“He’s become so good, he has the bar for himself set so high and he still just wants to continue to get better and better,” says Laurie.

Ryan and his parents are headed to Pinehurst, North Carolina on Sunday to prepare for the championship that begins July 31st.

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