By Gary Ahuja, Black Press
Less than a year into his new sport and Lucas Ly is already going places.
The seven-year-old Langley boy — who already has five first place trophies, two second place finishes, a bronze and a hole-in-one on his resume— is representing Canada at a pair of prestigious international golf events this month.
He warmed up for the events by winning a tournament on Monday at Greenacres Golf Course in Richmond, finishing his round at even par.
Ly, who plays in the Optimist Junior Linkster Tour, the CJGA Junior Linkster Tour and the Maple Leaf Junior Tour, leaves on Friday for the Veritas World Junior event in California. The event runs July 21 to 23 and Ly will then head to North Carolina for the U.S. Kids World Junior championship, which goes July 30 to Aug. 1 at Pinehurst Golf Course in North Carolina.
But despite playing in a pair of high profile tournaments, Ly said he doesn’t really get nervous.
“I am just excited to play for Canada,” he said.
The soon-to-be Grade 2 student at Gordon Greenwood Elementary says his putting is the best part of his game and he enjoys golf as it gives him a chance to be outside.
As for favourite golfer, Ly lists Rory McIlroy, a 26-year-old from Northern Ireland who has won four major golf championships and 18 events overall in his career. McIlroy is also currently ranked No. 1 in the world.
“Because he wins a lot of tournaments,” Ly said.