Reese Hunsinger put his sweet swing to good use last weekend.
Competing at the USA World Children’s Golf Championships at Longleaf Golf & Family Club last week in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the third-grader from Somerset North Elementary School finished tied for 41st place out of 86 among 8-year-old girls. division.
In the third and final round of nine holes, Hunsinger tied his career-best 39. His three-day score was 122 (41-42-39), 14 over par. Bella Simoes of Brazil won with a 99 under par.
Additionally, Reese and his father/caddie Mike Hunsinger tied for seventh place in the U.S. Children’s Parent/Child Golf Tournament, held two days before the start of the World Championships. They shot a 66 of 4 under par. The winning score was 7 under par 30.
Reese experienced a lot of international life on the course and, Mike noted, returned home with a much wider Spanish vocabulary. In her three rounds, she played with only one American, one girl from California, three girls from Mexico and one from Ecuador.
“It was really fun,” she said. “I love meeting new kids from all over the world.”
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Mike said his daughter’s swing held up well. One of the big challenges was trying to read Bermuda’s very large grass greens. “It was very fast. They (putts) broke more than you thought,” she said.
“Coming in, I knew she was a good player, and that solidified her,” Michael said. “His swing is as good as anybody else. She hit the ball well. She was not mastered by the course.
Reese is competing in a regional drive, chip and putt competition on Wednesday.
It was a memorable summer of golf for the Hunsingers. Just prior to their departure for Pinehurst, Mike won his third Fall River Country Club Championship.
It was not easy. Hunsinger was pushed 19 holes before dethroning 2021 club champion Jordan Warnock.
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In fact, it was Hunsinger who pushed, as he trailed by three holes with five holes to play after being leveled at nine. Granted, working on his concession speech after losing the 13th hole, Hunsinger won the 14, 16 and 18.
The duo returned the first hole par 4 for sudden death. Hunsinger made a solid par. Warnock, who conceded Hunsinger’s par putt, missed his own par putt after stepping into the infamous tub and leaving his second shot in the bunker before the green.
“He’s a very, very good player,” Hunsinger said. “He played at Boston College last year. My goal was to get to the finals and see what I had that day.
Hunsinger also won the FRCC title in 2019 and 2018. He lost in the 2020 final and fell in the semi-finals a year ago.