5-year-old Cherokee dreams of playing in PGA

BY JOSH FOURKILLER
Multimedia Specialist
08/07/2020 11:30 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Braxton Thomas
STILWELL – Braxton Thomas, is a 5-year old who has big dreams and a big talent for golf.

Braxton’s dad, Travis Thomas, said his son “tried to swing a golf club before he could walk.”

“Nine months old and he was trying to swing a golf club. He’s kind of been in love with it since then, and about the last two years he’s really been ate up with it,” Travis said.

Braxton practices with his father about an hour every day and practices on his own whenever he gets a chance.

“Every day when I get home from work we’ll practice for about an hour, hour and a half. Any time I’m not there he’s pitching in the yard or putting. He probably has a club in his hand about nine hours a day,” Travis said.

Braxton not only has a passion for golf, but he also has a talent that makes people take notice.

“I knew he had some hand-eye coordination that was maybe a little bit above a normal kid his age,” Travis added. “We went out to Orlando last October and there was a surrounding golf course that had like a top 50 junior coach in the area, so I scheduled a private lesson for him just so he could see him and even then, you know his swing wasn’t what it is today but he seen something. He said that he releases the club better than anybody he’s seen, he gets in proper position better than anybody he’s seen at that age.”

Travis and Braxton have built a relationship with the coach from Orlando and will often send video for him to give pointers that have helped Travis build golf lessons for Braxton.

Braxton started playing competitively this past fall and has competed in about a dozen tournaments. Out of those tournaments, he has won four.

Braxton said he “likes golf a lot and wants to play in the PGA.”

“The biggest thing I want for him is to stay the way he is when he’s 25 as far as the love of the game. Wanting to always play, wanting to always get better,” Travis said. “He has some high hopes. If he gets college paid for it’s a win for me, but he wants to play in the PGA tour. He has the ability, and I think he has the drive right now, and if he keeps that then the sky’s the limit.”

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Multimedia Specialist Josh Fourkiller currently lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma but calls Stilwell his hometown. He began working at the Cherokee Phoenix in February of 2020. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Josh always knew he wanted to work for the Cherokee p ...
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Multimedia Specialist Josh Fourkiller currently lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma but calls Stilwell his hometown. He began working at the Cherokee Phoenix in February of 2020. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Josh always knew he wanted to work for the Cherokee p ...

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