(Citynet Statewide Sportsline interview with Carson Higginbotham)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Clarksburg native Carson Higginbotham has been playing competitive golf for over half of his lifetime. That is an accomplishment by itself since the sixth grader has been involved in tournament golf since he was five years old.
Higginbotham has quickly built a resume as one of the top junior golfers in West Virginia. He has competed in five Callaway Junior Tour events this summer, winning them all with an average of margin of victory of almost eight strokes. Higginbotham also won ‘U.S. Kids Golf’ tour events at Sunbury, Ohio, Sugarwood C.C. and Edgewood C.C. in June.
On Wednesday, Higginbotham won the 12-and-under division at the WVGA Junior Amateur Championship at Glade Springs Resort.
“The course was very, very nice,” Higginbotham said. “And the pins were very tough over the two days.”
Higginbotham finished the 36-hole event at 5-over-par, 10 shots better than his closest competitor. When a scoring opportunity presents itself, Carson has some extra motivation to roll in a putt.
“I was trying to make a lot of birdies. My mom gives me twenty dollars for every birdie. So I was trying to take a bunch of her money.”
Higginbotham has impressive distance off the tee for a player of his age. He consistently averages 200-220 yards with his drive. But that is not necessarily the focus of his game.
“My strength is my short game. I can get it up and down if I miss the green.
“I focus on just hitting greens and making putts.”
Higginbotham will shoot for his sixth Callaway Junior Tour victory of the season Thursday at Pipestem Resort.