August 20, 2017
Alex Heard has completed another amazing summer of golf, travel, and fun. His summer began with the U.S. Kids European Championships on June 1 at the Glen Club in North Berwick, Scotland. Alex fired rounds of 80-74-73 to finish in 10th place among 72 12-year old boys from several countries. Following the tournament, Alex and his parents traveled to Spain for vacation… and some fun golf at Real Club de Valderrama and Real Club de Sevilla.
Continuing a busy June, Alex competed in the Press Thornton Future Masters, where he made the cut and finished 33rd in a rain-plagued and shortened tournament, shooting 76-78. From there, Heard traveled to Orlando, Florida for the U.S. Kids Florida State Invitational. After a disappointing first round 76, which left him 2 strokes off the lead, Alex came alive in the final round, firing a 2-under par 70 for the victory.
Alex also competed in six South Florida PGA Junior Challenge Tour events from June-August, earning a 5th place, two 2nd place finishes, then winning the final three events with scores of 68-74, 72-70, and 70, all from approximately 5,700 yards.
A highlight of every summer has always been the U.S. Kids World Championships in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and this year was no exception. Alex teamed with his dad to take 2nd place in the World Parent-Child Team event, then went on to fire rounds of 74-77-71 in the World Championships. His 222 total on the challenging Pinehurst #6 and #8 courses placed him in 12th place of 200 12-year olds from some 20 countries.
As the summer wound down, Alex also competed in the Drive, Chip, and Putt competition, making it through the local qualifier but failing to move on at the Sub-Regional level. He also is leading his PGA Junior League team as they move into the playoffs, hoping to make it through to the national finals.
Next up for Alex is middle school flag football, a few more SFPGA Challenge Tour events, and the U.S. Kids PGA Invitational in October.