Nine-year-old golf phenom looks forward to promising future

BRIGHTON, TN (WMC-TV) - Aubree Jones is certainly an inspiration to many as she strikes a trail into golf history.

For Jones, age nine, golf is a way of life.

"It's fun, and I like competing in all the tournaments," Jones said.

The Brighton Elementary School student has been playing the sport since she was just two-years-old.  In fact, she played in her first tournament at age six.

Now, she's the best player in the state of Tennessee in her age group, and says the sky's the limit.

"I compete in the state championships and then I'll play college golf," she said. "I want to go to Vanderbilt and then hopefully, if I'm good enough, I'll go to the LPGA."

Jones says there nothing easy about playing golf, but putting is the most important part of the game.

"Because if you hit a ball too short, you can save it with your putter," she said.

Jones learned to play the game of golf from her dad, Russ, who takes her out to practice three to four hours a day, several days a week.

"After she hits that first tee shot, she normally gets in a groove, you know?  It's just one shot at a time.  That's what we play by - one shot at a time," he said.

And on the course, Jones said, his daughter is a strong competitor.

"I usually shoot between 80 and 90, so with her yardage, she'll tear me up," he said.

And the nine-year-old golf phenom says that's just what she intends to do to anybody who tries to stand in her way.

Jones placed 14th in the world in her age group at the US Kids Golf World Championship in August.  Her next big tournament comes up next weekend in Millington.

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