Trey DePriest returning to Pinehurst

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Trey DePriest, son of Thomas and Candie DePriest of Monette, is getting ready to head back to the U.S. Kids World Championship for the fourth consecutive year. The tournament will again be held in Pinehurst, N.C. This year's tournament will be held July 31-Aug. 3. Trey will be playing in the nine year old division.

Trey DePriest has qualified to participate in the U.S. Kids World Championship for the fourth consecutive year. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Last year Trey came in sixth place out of 115 boys. On the first day Trey opened with a tournament best 33 but slipped a little over the next two days.

He has been busy this year playing in tournaments and has played in five states, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, and Alabama.

In the United States Junior Golf Tour Trey won eight out of eight tournaments while averaging 74.6 for the season. He is the only person in the history of the Boys Future Star division to win back to back Player of the Year.

Trey was invited to play in the World Youth Team Challenge held in Chicago, Ill. He was one of two boys invited to play on the defending champions team. There were teams from the USA, Canada, Mexico and South Africa. Trey said he enjoyed this tournament more than any other because of the match play format.

Trey also played in the Future Tour Championship held in Greenville, Miss., where he finished second. In the Future Masters Golf Tournament he finished 10th and while at Pepsi Little People in Quincy, Ill., he finished fourth.

Trey is looking forward to returning to Pinehurst. In addition to the golf tournament, there are a lot of activities for everyone to participate in.

Trey said he has been playing better this year and likes teeing off the red tee.

Through golf, he has made friends from all over the world.

"They are surprised to find out I don't live right on a golf course," Trey said. "I tell them I am a country boy. They don't know what I mean when I say I practice on the cotton field end rows."

He does enjoy a putting green his dad put in their back yard.

He said he appreciates the support he gets from Thunder Bayou in Blytheville and Sage Meadows in Jonesboro. He is coached by Danny Riddle of Sage Meadows.

As much as he loves the game of golf, Trey said his grades come first. Trey is an A student at Buffalo Island Central. He received the valedictorian award of the third grade class and the athletic award.

Trey has been golfing since he was three years old.

He and his dad started golfing as a way to spend time together. They have all been surprised at how much he loves the game.

"Back then I really, really loved the game and it is the same today," Trey said. "If anything I like it better today."

Trey is proud to announce he became an uncle this year to Hadlie Erin Goodson.

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