HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Tyler Watts has been around the game of golf since he could remember.
“When I was about 7 years old I played in my first world golf championship and I actually did pretty good so that kind of got me going, feeling like I could be one of the best,” Watts said.
Fast forward just seven years later and he’s creating a name for himself within the state.
“My game has been honestly pretty good, played good this June. I had the state am at Bent Brook, I played four pretty good rounds, finished 1 under, tied for 24th in the tournament. And then I had the Future Masters, played really good there, came in second place,” Watts added.
Entering his freshman year at Grissom High School, Watts has been able to compete against players older than him and find similar success on the scorecards.
“Just knowing that I’m at the DI level and I’m a freshman gives me a lot of motivation to go play for some of the best schools,” Watts said.
He also won the 2022 Men’s Club Championship at the Valley Hill Country Club, making him the youngest player ever to do so.
“That was awesome. Felt great, played three good rounds, stayed consistent, just 3 under, 3 under every day,” Watts added.
Watts knows he still has many more years ahead of him and is ready to see how he grows his game as he gets older.
“Being young you can have good days and bad days. For people who haven’t hit their growth spurt yet, I haven’t yet, and I’m waiting for that, but distance will come. If you work on your short game all the time,” Watts said.
But he also knows that he’s just getting started.
“I want to go do good at the state junior over at Canebrake in July. Playing DI golf is my dream so just being able to play good and put in the work is going to be very important to chase that goal,” Watts said.
Watts will next compete in the 77th Alabama Boys State Junior July 19-21 at Canebrake Club.