Hughes wins U.S. Kids World Championship, Cannon finishes seventh

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Chase Hughes of Oklahoma City shot rounds of 73-68 and closed with a brilliant 63 to win the Boys 10 age group at the U.S. Kids World Championship this weekend at Pinehurst Resort, N.C. His combined 12-under total was two shots better than runnerup Nemo Tsai of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Complete scores are here. 

Leading the way for the girls entries from Oklahoma, Evyn Cannon of Edmond shot 3-over to finish seventh in the Girls 10 age group. Cannon shot rounds of 72-72-75.

In other top 30 finishes, Brecken Haglund of El Reno tied for 10th in the Boys 6 and under division at 6-over. Brayden Sterling of Edmond tied for 26th in the Boys 8 age group at 16 over. Kael League of Enid tied for 27th and Kooper El Kouri of Lawton tied for 30th in Boys 9. Ainslee Stanford of Edmond tied for 30th at nine over in the Boys 10. Liezel Efaw of Tulsa finished 26th in Girls 8.

Hughes earlier this year tied a U.S. Kids Golf record shooting 9-under 27 for nine holes on the South Course at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City.

Of the thousands of U.S. Kids tournaments held across the country each year, only one other time has that score been matched, according to Suzie Fisher, who runs the Oklahoma City U.S. Kids Tour.

Hughes, who was scheduled to compete in the national Drive, Chip and Putt contest at Augusta National this spring before it was pushed back to 2021, has a long history of success in U.S. Kids, having finished third in the nationals at Pinehurst Resort in 2019 and been dominant in his age group basically since he began competing at age 5.

Three weeks ago he won his age group in the Callaway World Championships in Temecula, Calif., cruising to an 11-shot win after shooting 5-under and closing with a 68. See scores here.

The son of Nick and Ashley Hughes of Oklahoma City, his father is a former seven-time winner at Oklahoma City University. Chase works with acclaimed teacher Ryan Rody at Southern Hills Country Club and has won more than 50 times in U.S. Kids events. Rody began teaching him five years ago at Gaillardia Golf Club in OKC, where the family are members.

“He’s an amazing chipper and putter,” Fisher said. “He can bomb it out there too but he’s really just an amazing putter.”

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