By Special to the Daily World
“I’ve made a lot of friends playing golf and traveling around the world,” said seven-year-old golfer Trevor Dozier, who stands only 4 feet 2 inches. But he’s already making quite a name for himself among his peers, at home and abroad.
Gearing up for a new golf season, Trevor’s golf talents have caught the eye of several pro golfers. Most recently, the second-grader received Honorable Mention in Brendon Elliot’s Little Linksters Best Pee-Wee Golf Swing in America Competition in January. He also auditioned for the cast of a local EA Sports Golf commercial during the same month. As Trevor prepares for a new year of tournaments, last year’s rankings are pretty spectacular.
In 2010, Trevor played in numerous tournaments in Georgia, but he’s also played in junior tourneys in California and North Carolina. After earning the lowest score of 38, Trevor walked away with first place in the Eagles Landing Fall Championship Junior Golf Tournament in Stockbridge. With good doses of encouragement from his dad, Tony Dozier, and a few golf lessons along the way, Trevor made sure to end the season with his best game ever.
“I knew I wanted to end the season with a good score,” he said.
Perhaps his most memorable invitation last year came from Scotland, where he competed against other junior golfers from countries around the world. Only a few junior golfers have the chance to compete with other top players from around the world and Trevor is one of them.
In 2010, he played in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship – boys division 7 and under. When he played overseas in the June U.S. Kids Golf European Championship, Trevor had another outstanding score of 40 in his last round.
“I had a fun year playing golf at the different courses. I was able to travel across the world and met a lot of new people and I was seeing the same kids play at different tournaments so they became my friends,” said Trevor. “I also had my dad beside me cheering me on and encouraging me to have fun, but try to win also.”
Because of Trevor’s exemption status in previous winnings, he is planning to play in various 2011 tournaments: Callaway Golf Junior World Golf Championship in July (San Diego); TaylorMade World Master’s of Junior Golf Tournament in July (Las Vegas); U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in August (Pine Hurst, N.C.); U.S. Kids Golf European Championship in June (Gullane, Scotland); and Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships in June (Quincy, Illinois). These opportunities will give Trevor new chances to compete against top golfers in his age group from around the world. This hectic schedule will prohibit Trevor from competing in as many local tournaments as he did last year.
When he’s not on the course Trevor enjoys reading, playing the guitar, basketball, swimming, soccer, bike riding and hanging out with his younger brother, Nicholas, and older sister, Trinity.