9-year-old golf prodigy taking fast track to success

Junior Golf

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT)– With his big-time aspirations, 9-year-old Jerrell Anthony is like any other junior golfer.

“I want to make it to the PGA TOUR when I grow up,” Jerrell said.

Ok. We’ve heard that one before.

But to say Jerrell is on the fast path to success may be an understatement.

For the past two years, he has been competing on the U.S. Kids Golf Montgomery Tour. 

He’s lost track of how many times he has won.

The answer is 14.

“Jerrell is all you can ask for in a junior golfer,” said Neil Thompson, golf pro at Oxmoor Valley. “He shows up with a good attitude.”

The biggest problem right now is finding friends his age who are good enough to play with him.

Spend an afternoon on the course with Jerrell and you’ll hear a kid who is very hard on himself, espeically for his age.

“I like that,” Thompson said. “Try to find me someone who reaches the top in life who is not hard on themselves.”

In fact, Jerrell has redemption on his mind. Two years ago he made the Junior World Championships, but didn’t finish as well as he wanted.

‘We’re having to be honest with ourselves,” said Jerrell’s mom Caprenio Anthony. “What we are trying to do is put in a lot of different sports, so he can have that team spirit and comradery.”

But you can’t fight love.

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