Fresno's Brian Stark dominates CA Kids Golf Tour

FRESNO, Calif.

"Get behind the ball, take two practice swings," explained Stark. "Look at where I want to hit it, [and] get up and smack it."

The soft-spoken soon-to-be fifth grader is anything but quiet on the golf course. He's got a 42 stroke average for nine holes, dominating the 10-11 year-old division of the California Kids Golf Tour this year. "At Lemoore, [I] came in first," Stark said. "Woodbridge, came in first. Kings River, came in first."

In 12 tournaments this year, Brian has won 10 of them. And even when he's not competing against golfers his age, he still finds a way to make a memory.

"I got this one at Madera muni on the 6th hole," said Stark, holding his Hole-in-One trophy. "115 yards into the wind. Hit 5-iron and rolled it over the hill. I guess it plopped into the hole because i didn't get to see it!"

Brian comes from a golfing family. His father, Scott, has coached both golf and football at the junior college level, for Fresno City and Reedley.

"I'm more than happy to take him," Scott Stark said. "I love having him out there with me. He's a great playing competitor and a partner. And he's a whole bunch of fun out on the golf course."

His favorite golfer is not tiger woods. Instead, it's Vijay Singh. "His work ethic," Brian Stark said when asked why Singh is his favorite. "He practices as long as he needs to."

He may only be 10, but Brian says it won't be long before he beats his dad. "I don't know," Brian Stark said. "11 or 12 years old maybe."

"He was within two shots of dad as of three or four days ago," said Scott Stark. "So it may not even be that long before he gets dad." And Brian won't stop working out on the driving range, until he does.

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