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Mason Fox playing in the AAU Golf Tournament

Written by  Heidi Elizabeth Lux
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Mason Fox Swing.Photo by Ian Phoenix. Addicted to Golf at Fourteen

Clearwater, FL (February 2009) - It was a quiet Sunday morning, as tranquil as the sport itself, on which the Florida State Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) golf tournament was held. Floridian youth from within a 100-mile radius of the Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club on McMullen-Booth Road came to compete in the tournament.

In a white golf cart sat one young participant next to his father. He clutched his golf club as he waited for his turn, round face full of outhful enthusiasm and zest for the game. "That’s Mason Fox,” a man said. “He’s one of the best fourteen-year olds in the state. But don’t tell him that, it’ll go straight to his head.”

Mason Fox with his Father. Photo by Ian Phoenix.

Mason Fox has been competitive for three years, “But I’ve been playing my whole life,” he says. His father adds, “He had a golf ball in his baby crib in the hospital.” Mason wants to be a professional golfer when he grows up, which is only four years from now. “I’m addicted to it,” Mason says.

For him, golf teaches honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship, and the competitive aspect of it is helping him improve his game. Apparently it’s paying off since he won the state AAU golf championship last summer and will play in the national tournament this June in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Finally, his name was called: “From Sarasota, Florida: Mason Fox.” He stuck his tee in the ground, held his club perpendicular to the grass and concentrated. He took a few practice swings, each with an agile follow-through. The ball was then hit with a thwack and disappeared into the horizon, accompanied by the requisite polite clapping of a golf tournament crowd before he headed off down the course. Mason Fox came in first for his age group that day.

The AAU provides ambitious young golfers like Mason Fox with “a quality, comprehensive golf program with age being the one criterion for competition.” The program offers instruction, camps and clinics and holds state and regional events. A Mason Fox-like skill is not necessary for children to participate. The program gives young golf enthusiasts “quality instruction, affordable tournaments and teaches valuable life skills such as self-discipline, courtesy and fair play that will last a lifetime”. For more info, visit www.ChampionsGT.com

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