FAIRFIELD — How does a 7-year-old approach the third shot of a par 5 on a course where he can barely see the flag? He just hits it.
Fairfield’s Jayden Dumdumaya recently won the U.S. Kids Golf Bay Area Local Tour at Tilden Park Golf Course in Berkeley, shooting a 1-under par 35.
“This is the second year he played it,” said his father, Stan Dumdumaya. “We prepared better for this year. He had a practice round the day before.”
Stan said Jayden’s first and third holes were a little a long, three-putting the third hole, ending with a bogey.
After a talk with Jayden, reminding him of the speeds of his putt, Stan said Jayden had “the shot of the day” on the fourth hole.
The fourth hole was a par-5, and Jayden could barely see the flag on his third shot. Stan told him to ‘Just hit it,’ and the ball landed about four inches from the hole.
Jayden was a shot away from an eagle, but carded a birdie.
That birdie got Jayden “fired up” as Stan described, helping him with his confidence, and he landed two more birdies in the tournament.
Jayden beat the field by five strokes.
About the tournament, Stan said Jayden was “mentally strong and mentally ready.”
According to uskidsgolf.com, Jayden leads the Bay Area Winter Local Tour for his age group by five points.
Jayden is now preparing for the Sunol Valley Palm Course on next Friday.