Archive for Thursday, February 24, 2005

Pfrimmer savors Jekyll cup experience

February 24, 2005

Now Nick Pfrimmer knows how it feels to be Tiger Woods.

Pfrimmer returned Tuesday night from Jekyll Island, Ga., where the Lansing Middle School sixth-grader played in the U.S. Kids Golf Jekyll Island Cup from Saturday through Monday. It was there, under the sunny southern skies, that Pfrimmer was given the royal treatment just like Woods, one of the world's top professional golfers.

An announcer introduced each golfer to the gallery of fans before they began playing. The crowd erupted in applause. Spectators cheered for every long drive off the tee and every perfect putt.

It was a lot for an 11-year-old to handle, but Nick held his own and placed 45th in his age category at the tournament.

"I was a lot more nervous," he admitted of being thrust into the spotlight. "A lot of people there were from the South and there was one guy from Alaska, and their dads were really into it. They'd pace off shots and get exact yardage. This one guy had his computer he'd use (to measure yardage)."

Nick said he didn't need electronic assistance to help him play. The greatest challenge he faced was endurance. He and his father/caddy, Max Pfrimmer, walked two practice rounds and three competition rounds, so both were exhausted by the end of the tournament.

"I've just got to play more and walk instead of using carts," Nick said. "It was a long walk."

Max Pfrimmer said he was proud of his son for qualifying for the tournament and giving his best effort against a talented pool of players.

"He had a really good time, and it was a good experience," Max Pfrimmer said. "He just had a couple holes where he could've done better if he'd had a few little breaks there. Every single par three he either pared or birdied, and he outdrove everyone in his group."

One of the highlights of the trip, Nick said, was seeing alligators on the golf course.

"That was really funny," he said. "I threw some gum at it and hit it on the head.

"We took some pictures of the alligators, and we also went fishing and I caught the only red bass - my first-ever red bass."

Pfrimmer said he hoped to qualify for the Jekyll Island Cup again next year and would practice all summer to prepare for his return trip.

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