Cody on par to challenge in Open
GOLF: Miriam Vale golfer Cody Anderson is about to hit off in the big time.
In what most aspiring junior golfers could only dream of, Cody, who has only just turned seven, will compete in the US Kids Golf Australian Open at Sydney's Moore Park starting on Thursday.
Cody is the only youngster from Central Queensland among 115 golfers who will play in the two-day and nine-hole tournament.
His father Geoff Anderson said Cody met all the requirements in order for him to qualify.
"For him to qualify, he had to send in what he has achieved," Anderson said.
That included a third place in the Australian Junior Age event in 2016.
"There are kids from 11 different countries that will play and 22 kids in the 7-and-under boys," Anderson said.
"He has played in most of the junior opens in Central Queensland and they were at Miriam Vale, Gladstone, Boyne Island-Tannum Sands, Yeppoon and at the Nippers State Championships in Bargara."
Cody started swinging his plastic golf clubs as a toddler before he got his first proper set at the age of three.
The Jason Day fan replied in a humble fashion as to whether he knew he had a talent when he took up the sport.
"I didn't realise I had talent I just like hitting the ball good," Cody said.
He has since competed in 13 tournaments and he said his biggest influences are his parents and is working on a particular aspect of his game that will make him a more rounded player.
"I'm good at driving, but I'm working on my short game," Cody said.
Cody spends several times a week honing his game with his parents and has experienced what most casual golfers struggle to achieve.
Cody caressed the ball in a tournament in Brisbane and he described what happened next.
"I drove it onto the green which was around 130 metres and I three-putted for par, but the greens were not good," Cody said.
"It was my first par in a tournament."
Expect to see this regularly in coming years.