Nine-year-old Jamal Hutchison is quickly becoming a youth golf contender.
He has been golfing since he was two years old and competing for the last year and a half, and he also plays youth basketball. Not only has Jamal won numerous golfing awards, but he also recently earned an award for his academic achievement by making the A/A-B Honor Roll at his school.
On May 31, competing in the U. S. Kids Spring Tour Championship at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, Jamal shot even-par (36) on nine holes, resulting in a First-Place Medal win. Jamal was also honored at the tournament with a plaque and title as “Player of the Year.” He has also been named Player of the Year in the WNC-Junior Golf Association’s Summer 2013 Season Tournament.
On June 30 and July 1, Jamal participated in his first 18-hole event, the U. S. Kids State Tournament in Raleigh. Shooting a 79 the first day and 81 on the second day, he finished in ninth place and gained valuable experience playing against some of the very best young golfers from North and South Carolina and Virginia.
Later in July, he will participate in the U. S. Kids World Golf Tournament at Pinehurst, NC, and the Drive, Chip, and Putt Competition in Spartanburg, SC, with hopes of competing in the 2015 Drive, Chip, and Putt Competition at the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
Jamal’s parents are Robert and Lisa Hutchison of Fletcher. His father, a native of Brevard and a graduate of Western Carolina University, is Jamal’s coach and caddie, as well as director of “Coach’s Quest,” which specializes in mentoring youth through basketball, fitness, and golf. He has also coached basketball at UNC Asheville, Brevard College, Brevard High School, and Veritas Christian Academy in Fletcher.