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Kirkhill Primary School pupil Brody MacIver becomes US Kids Golf European champion


By Will Clark


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BRODY MacIver proved he is one of the biggest young prospects in golf after he was crowned US Kids Golf European champion.

Kirkhill Primary School pupil Brody MacIver (7) has become European Golf champions for his age group.Picture Gary Anthony.
Kirkhill Primary School pupil Brody MacIver (7) has become European Golf champions for his age group.Picture Gary Anthony.

The Kirkhill Primary School pupil from Lentran showed he is the top golfer for his age group in Europe after securing the title at Longniddry Golf Club.

MacIver (7) was among over 600 kids from over 50 different countries at East Lothian.

He claimed victory by finishing on -1 after three rounds and was the only golfer in his competition to finish under par.

Now he has qualified to play at the US Kids Golf World Championships at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

Kirkhill Primary School pupil Brody MacIver (7) has become European Golf champion for his age group. Picture Gary Anthony.
Kirkhill Primary School pupil Brody MacIver (7) has become European Golf champion for his age group. Picture Gary Anthony.

MacIver says he was delighted with his performance, saying it was the biggest victory of his career so far.

He also says he has every intention of defending his crown next time.

“It feels really good to win it as it was a tough competition,” he said.

“It was a nice golf course to play on.

“I was happy with how I played on all three rounds as I managed to get one under par overall.

“It is the biggest win of my career. Nobody has won it two years in a row and I want to be the first to do it.”

Brody MacIver can drive as far as 210 yards.
Brody MacIver can drive as far as 210 yards.

Brody’s father Don, who was his caddie during the tournament, says his son put in a good tactical performance around a tough course.

“It was tough and he had to really think his way going around the course,” he said.

“He also had to contend with the hot conditions and he did well.”

Kirkhill Primary School pupil Brody MacIver (7) has become European golf champion for his age group. Picture Gary Anthony.
Kirkhill Primary School pupil Brody MacIver (7) has become European golf champion for his age group. Picture Gary Anthony.

MacIver, who is a member at Aigas Golf Club and Nairn Golf Club, is believed to be the first Scottish golfer to win the trophy.

He first started swinging a golf club when he was two and has achieved major success.

Last year, he became British Junior Golf Tour champion when he won 19 out of 22 competitions on the tour.

MacIver is pleased with how his game has developed this year.

“The thing I like about my golf is putting as I find that the easiest and I think I am very good at it.

“But I am probably better at driving, the furthest I have driven the ball is 210 yards.”

Brody MacIver is now preparing for the Champion of Champions in Ireland. Picture: Gary Anthony
Brody MacIver is now preparing for the Champion of Champions in Ireland. Picture: Gary Anthony

MacIver’s victory was met with massive celebrations with family as well as with friends at school.

He said: “My teacher asked me to bring my trophy to school after I won it and when I did everyone clapped which was really nice.”

Brody MacIver pictured outside Nairn Golf Club. Picture Gary Anthony.
Brody MacIver pictured outside Nairn Golf Club. Picture Gary Anthony.

MacIver is now preparing for the Champion of Champions tournament in Ireland next month when he will be taking on the best players in the world for his age group.

He is relishing the opportunity of finding out where he ranks among the best players in the world, saying it would make a significant day even more special if he won.

“My birthday is the same day as the Champion of Champions and it would be a great birthday present if I won. I want to prove I am the best in world.”


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