• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Abigail Caine

Abigail Caine is only eight years old, but she has accomplished more in golf than some adults have in their entire careers. In 2016, Abigail played in the seven-and-under girls’ age group and won “every single tournament except for two,” she said with a smile. She also won the Kentucky Junior PGA Championship and was named Player of the Year in the nine-and-under division of the tour – and she was only seven. Abigail qualified for the 2016 U.S. Kids World Championships, which were played at Pinehurst, N.C., in August 2016. In the tournament, she finished in 28th place out of 63 players (20th among American players). She has also qualified for the 2017 World Championships, which will once again be held at Pinehurst in August 2017. There she will compete against golfers from around the world in her age group. Abigail was also on the Moss Hill PGA Junior League team that won the championship last year, where “she had a lot of fun,” she said. Currently, Abigail is coached at Moss Hill by Myra Blackwelder, who has already helped her game. “We’ve only had one lesson and (I learned) a new putting stroke,” said Abigail. And, according to her dad, Bill, “She dropped nine strokes in (that) one lesson from one tournament to the next.” This year, while Abigail could play in the eight-year-old girls’ division, she has decided to play against the 12-year-old girls so she can gain more experience by playing against girls older than herself. According to Bill, she can hit the ball hard enough now to play from the lady’s tee. “This one hole in particular (at Moss Hill), number 13, for the longest time, Abigail couldn’t even hit her driver over it – the whole thing is a water carry – and now she can’t hit her driver because (she hits the ball) 30 yards past the hole. Now she plays (the 110-yard hole with) a seven-iron, (and the ball) lands nice and soft on the green.” And, she putts it for a birdie. Needless to say, her parents enjoy watching Abigail play and are proud of her accomplishments. “My biggest thing with Abigail is that the winning is great, and we love that,” said Bill. “But, she (also) pulls straight ‘A’s in school. And she’s at St. Leo and they push ... their kids hard. … She’s a good kid.”

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