• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Bradford Lacefield

Bradford Lacefield started to get interested in golf at a young age when he would go with his dad, Brad, to the golf course and ride around with him on the golf cart. Then, in April 2014, he participated in the SNAG (Starting New At Golf) program in kindergarten, which was run by Myra Blackwelder. As his interest grew, he decided, he wanted to play. “So, I put my mind to it and I did it,” he said. Since he is left-handed and it was hard to find clubs he could use, his grandfather, Dwight Pope, made him his first golf club. Once he began playing, he began taking lessons from Myra. According to Bradford, Myra has really helped him a lot. “She’s my coach and I respect her,” he said. “She has just been helping me all the way through. She’s really nice to me.” So, why does he like the sport so much. “It’s my passion,” he said. “I really like to do it and it’s really fun. … On these warm days we have in February and March, I just love to go out and play golf and do holes and goof around sometimes and try to make some crazy shots.” To date, Bradford has already accomplished a lot. In the summer of 2014 he played in four tournaments on the Kentucky Junior Golf tour in the 8 & under division. Then in 2015, he played in over 10 events on the same tour. In the spring of 2016, he played in three U.S. Kids Golf tournaments in the 8 & under division, then in the summer he played in eight events on the Kentucky Junior Golf tour and qualified for the tour championship. In the fall of 2016, he played in seven U.S. Kids West Virginia tour events in the 9 & under division. He also won the local tour with four wins, one second and two third-place finishes and also qualified for the U.S. Kids World Championship at Pinehurst in August 2017. Plans for this year include playing on the Kentucky Junior tour, a few events on the Mussleman-Dunn Junior tour, playing on the Moss Hill Junior League team, which he was on last year, and then playing at the World Championships. One of the fun things Bradford enjoys is playing at different golf courses and meeting new people. “... I like to see different courses and how they’re set up,” he said. “I (also) just like to see nature,” he added, which brought a chuckle from both his mom and dad who were at the interview. Expectations are high for Bradford’s future, which makes both of his parents very proud. “You know, I love watching both of our kids (he has a sister, Harper, 8), do what they love,” said his mom, Heather. “This is what he loves to do. He is very competitive, so sometimes it is hard when they’re down. But, it is also exciting when they’re down and they can make a good shot. I think it’s really good. It’s also a hard sport to just compete by yourself. So, you see a lot of dedication and time and effort that he puts into it. So, I’m a very proud mom.”

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