“We are always amazed to see him play golf.” Hudson Justus of Gainesville finishes strong on last hole to repeat at US Kids World Championship
After that, Hudson made the short putt that broke left to right to repeat himself as the champion among some of the best kids his age in the country.
Justus’ three-day total of 208 was enough for a 54-hole 8-under par and a three-stroke victory in Pinehurst, NC.
It was a memorable summer for the whole Justus family.
On June 23, Justus won the Under 10 division of the Future Masters in Dothan, Alabama.
These two events are widely regarded as the largest junior golf events in the country.
And young Hudson won both in six weeks.
“We are always in awe as a family watching Hudson play,” said Scott, who is Assistant Superintendent of White County Schools. “It’s almost like an out-of-body experience.”
It was a particularly emotional moment when Hudson emptied the winning shot, father and son embraced to celebrate the moment on the 18th green.
“Just to know that our nine-year-old is the second best in the world for the second time, emotions kicked in,” said Scott Justus.
It was a little uncertain where Justus stood in the last hole, except for the fact that Hudson was in front.
There were some issues with the online scoring app and Scott believed his son had a two-stroke lead after a bogey on No.17.
It turned out, amid a growing crowd watching the final couple, that Hudson was up three.
Justus’ birdie on the last hole, combined with a growing crowd of spectators for the final pairing, made for a convincing finish.
Nerves certainly grew for Scott, his youngest son, when he saw his son’s second shot go into the sand.
Each scenario was still on the table.
Hudson didn’t seem to care how big the moment was.
His third hit hit the ground two feet from the cup without rolling.
Justus found a small split earlier in the last nine with birdies on No.13 and 14.
However, dropping a shot on No.17 and playing a tricky third shot out of the bunker on No.18 gave Justus plenty of reason to be concerned.
But it’s just built differently.
Justus ended his victory with the same composure with which he plays every day, while training, at the Chattahoochee Golf Club.
Scott said this was the fourth year in a row that his son, who started golf at age 3, has played in the final duo at the US Children’s World Championships.
The best part of this promising young golfer’s career is that this is what he wants to do.
Scott said the only sporting condition was that his son had to continue playing basketball, because of the lessons learned from playing a team sport.
But every day during the summer, Hudson is ready early to hit the golf course.
And never is an opportunity wasted on the golf course.
It’s already a passion for Hudson.
And as long as he continues to enjoy it, Scott said their entire family will facilitate these opportunities.