7-Year-Old Golf Prodigy
On Father’s Day 2012, Asher Joseph and his father took a trip to Spessard Holland Golf Course in Melbourne Beach to use a father-son deal on a round of golf. Little did they know they would get far more than just a game – but a whole new course of life. Asher had a natural talent for hitting the ball and an unexplainable love for the game from the moment he took his first shot.
Seven months later, Asher started playing golf more regularly. In the first month of having picked up the game, he spent hours on the Duran Golf Club practice facility in Viera chipping, pitching and putting. Within two months of having started, he competed in a national junior golf tournament in Jekyll Island, Ga. and finished second in the 6-under division, shooting a 37 for nine holes. He championed over others who had been playing the game for more than a year and the win, combined with his pure love for the game, motivated him to continue playing.
Today, 7-year-old Asher’s routine starts at 7:30 a.m. every day. He works out for about one hour, goes to school, and then goes directly to the Duran course where he practices from 4:30 to 9 p.m. every day during the week. His practice usually starts with putting after which he practices his short game. He then hits all his full swing clubs including his irons, woods and driver from the driving range and spends the last part of his practice on Duran’s par-3 course. Asher is coached by Justin Blazer (Top 50 US Kids Golf Instructor and director of golf instruction at Duran) about once a week and he also usually plays a US Kids golf tournament during the weekend.
Asher has been part of various local, national and even international tournaments, including the US Kids European Championship in Scotland in May. In the future, Asher sees golf to be a significant part of his life and hopes to play at the very highest level.