“It’s something I didn’t get to do. He might be able to get a full ride (to college),” said Jay Arredondo, the proud father of an 8-year-old young golfer.
Jayse Arredondo began playing about two years ago at the age of six with cut-down clubs and a big smile. He really enjoys being on the golf course and smacking that little white ball around the course. Jayse has already played well enough to be included in a few tournaments, and he has been on the winning team with his dad a few times in the “Sundowners” tournaments at Beeville’s municipal course.
“He’s about 46th on the point list of the weekly tournament out of about a 100 or so players,” said father Jay.
Jayse will be going to Houston later this summer to be compete in the Pan American Junior Nationals. The course in Pearland will be set up for the different age groups, and Jayse will compete against other youngsters from around the southern states.
The tournament lay-out will be designed to fit the games of the youngsters. Jayse powers his drives about 125 yards, right down the middle on most occasions. And don’t get into a putting contest with the young guy. He seems to hole almost every putt inside 10 feet, and he lags very well for such a young man.
“He’ll shoot a lot of pars and an occasional bogey on an age-appropriate course. He’s even made a few birdies on his home course,” said Jay.
Jayse started out with a few lessons from his dad and will be working with local PGA pro Sam Workman for the rest of the summer and possibly longer.
“I want to teach him the proper mechanics early on and for him to get the most out of golf, as long as he enjoys it,” said Jay.
Dad shoots in the mid 70s and is a self-taught golfer. He hopes Jayse can be even better and play high school and college golf.
When asked what he likes best about golf, Jayse was quick to answer, “Driving and putting and playing with my dad.”
Jayse is the son of Jay Arredondo and Veronica Sanchez, both of Beeville.