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July 9, 2013

Stevens shoots lowest score of young career

Evan Grice
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Four weeks away from the world’s biggest stage for youth golf, Duncan’s Caden Stevens looks to be clicking at just the right time after another strong performance last weekend.

The eight-year-old golfer played the best nine holes of his life Sunday, shooting a career-low, three-under par 33 at the Copper Creek Course in Oklahoma City. Stevens was playing in a tournament included in the Oklahoma City Youth Golf Summer Tour.

“Caden’s driver was really long and his putter caught fire today,” Stevens’ father Sam Stevens said. “At this point, he is really just practicing and getting ready for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship.”

Playing in a field that included only eight year olds, Stevens got off on the right track early, sinking a birdie on the first hole.

Sitting at one-under with two holes left to play, Stevens saved his best work for last, draining birdies on each of those holes to finish with his lowest score ever.

Stevens’ biggest challenge will come at the beginning of August, when he competes in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship from August 1-4 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. In his first go around at the event last year, Stevens placed 14th out of more than 1,200 participants.

Each of the last two years, Stephens County residents have given Stevens the chance to attend the tournament by playing in the annual Team Caden Classic Scramble, which raised funds allowing Stevens to travel to the event.

Success on the youth tour is something Stevens has gotten used to – he won the 2013 U.S. Kids Golf Oklahoma State Championship back in May.

“The best thing for Caden is for him to get as much experience on competitive golf courses as possible,” Sam Stevens said. “The experience he has gotten is going to be a big help for him at this year’s world championship.”

Stevens has competed on the tour regularly to prepare him for the world championship, an event where he plans to improve when he competes there for the second time.