Friday

Awesome Austin: NTPGA Junior Golfer With Game

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This proud young man, in patriotic colors, is Austin Escamilla. He's been playing golf for a couple of years now, and is sometimes even referred to as a prodigy.

Before Austin ever entered a competition he'd spent countless hours at golf tournaments with his dad, observing players like Camilo Villegas (who was playing on the Nationwide tour at the time) and absorbing the competitive golf spirit. A few days ago he took first place at his club's NTPGA event and has thus qualified for the regional championship.

Austin's dad is Al Escamilla, the Internet entrepreneur and social media evangelist who founded Cocktail Match. Al and his wife Krista, an AP Award winning journalist and CBS7 news anchor, live golf fully... with Austin and their three other children. Al has penned some of the most compelling posts I've read on the challenges and rewards of parenting aspiring golfers, including one on his son's recent victory.

Austin has certainly been inspired by his parents and their dedication to his pursuit of golf, and he's following in the footsteps of some extremely impressive pros too: Sean O'Hair, Hunter Mahan and Chad Campbell are just a few of the many NTPGA players who've gone on to become international golf champions.

Wishing Austin the best of luck with the regional championship and beyond.