A young Abbotsford golfer is turning heads on the junior circuit.
Sher Sidhu has been near the top of his age group for the entire country for most of the year, and currently is ranked third overall in the Canadian Junior Golf Association‘s order of merit standings for the Bantam Boys division.
Sidhu, who plays out of the Ledgeview Golf and Country Club, has been swinging a golf club for as long as he can remember.
“My dad introduced me to golf at a young age,” he said. “I think he told me he put a club in my hands when I was one, but I started practising and really playing when I was around seven.”
It has been the last few years that Sidhu said he’s been putting more focus and time into the sport, and it seems to be paying off. He has earned 1,812.5 points in seven CJGA tournaments this year, and has won over 30 local tournaments in his age group.
He has also shot five holes-in-one in his short career, and finished second in his division at the Nike Golf Junior Series event in Pitt Meadows in April.
But for Sidhu, it’s all about having fun on the links.
“I like competing and just like being outside,” he said, noting he’s most proud of the 72 he shot at Ledgeview earlier in his career.
He said another memorable experience was competing in the IMG Academy Junior Golf World Championships in California when he was nine.
Sidhu, who enters Grade 9 at W.J. Mouat Secondary in the fall, said he wants to keep playing the sport as long as possible.
“I think the ultimate goal would be to try and get a scholarship,” he said.
He said the remainder of the summer includes lots of practices and tournaments, including a big stop in Kelowna.