Young Theo has world at his feet ahead of US trip

21st Jun 2024

Theo Reeves golf

Bunbury junior golfer Theo Reeves has his eyes on international glory as he prepares to tee up in the US Kids World Championship in North Carolina this August.

The six-year-old Bunbury Golf Club member secured his place in the event after 3rd-place finish and a top-five finish in the 6 & Under age group at both the US Kids Australian Masters in NSW and the US Kids Australian Challenge in Victoria.

This came hot on the heels of Theo’s thrilling victory in the Australian Junior Age Division Golf Championship at Royal Pines GC on the Gold Coast (pictured above), which also scored him invites into further international finals in California and Ireland in 2025.

Not bad going for a lad who doesn’t turn seven until November…

Having first swung a club at the age of three, 38-handicapper Theo has become a regular contender at GolfWA Crunch&Sip Junior Tour events, where he competes in the 9-hole Tiger Tees category.

He has also enjoyed success at his home club, winning his category at the Bunbury Southwest Junior Open in both 2022 and ’23 and being named the club’s Junior of the Year for 2023.

Theo Reeves golf

Theo was named as Bunbury GC’s Junior of the Year for 2023


The chance to compete on US soil against the global golf stars of tomorrow is understandably occupying Theo’s thoughts as his trip draws nearer.

“I’m very excited and feel like I am going to have lots of fun,” he told GolfWA. “I hope I meet lots of new friends and have lots of fun because that’s what golf’s all about.”

As for his ultimate ambitions in the game? “I want to be a pro golfer like Min Woo Lee and Bryson DeChambeau,” he added.

And while he still has a long way to go to achieve that aim, Theo’s first shot at a world title will take place at Midland Country Club – just a bombed drive away from Pinehurst No. 2, where DeChambeau so memorably landed his second US Open crown this month.

He’ll have parents Brooke and Sam, and brother Tate there to cheer him on, with his family members bursting with pride at all he’s achieved so far.

“Both Brooke and I are incredibly proud to watch Theo apply his talent and see a sense of determination within him,” said dad Sam. “As a parent, it is very fulfilling watching your child genuinely love what they do.

“The happiness the game of golf brings Theo is great to see, so to watch him compete and have fun every step of the way is what we are most proud of.”

Sam also hailed the positive impact Bunbury GC has had on Theo’s swift development. “It’s an incredible club that offers great junior initiatives and engagement that allows kids of all abilities to play together and have fun,” he added.

“Without the club’s backing, and additional support from Bunbury businesses including Bank of Queensland, Bunbury Toyota and LJ Hooker Southwest, Theo’s trip to the US wouldn’t be possible.”

Theo will compete in the US Kids World Championship at Midland Country Club on August 1-3. You’ll be able to follow his progress here.

US Kids Golf was established in 1996 and now runs competitive junior events worldwide, including in Australia, over reduced yardages. Find out more here.

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