Cherokee boy wins US Kids Golf Texas Open

Cherokee Nation citizen Braxton Thomas shot rounds of 34 and 32 to win the U.S. Kids Golf Texas Open 2021. 

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas – Cherokee Nation citizen Braxton Thomas used two nine-hole rounds of 34 and 32 to capture the U.S. Kids Golf Texas Open 2021 championship.

Thomas competed against 12 other boys from five states in the regional 6-and-under tournament. The Texas Open 2021 championship is his 23rd title since he began playing competitive golf in August 2019. 

Thomas said he felt good about how he played throughout the tournament.

“Throughout my shots, I felt really good over the ball and the yardages and the clubs I was hitting,” Thomas said. 

The rounds of 34 and 32 marked Thomas’ sixth and seventh consecutive tournament round under par. Thomas set the course and Little Rock tour record for his age with a 32 at First Tee Central Arkansas in April.

As part of the Texas Open tradition, the champion offers remarks after receiving his trophy. Being that the tournament ended on Mother’s Day, Thomas’s remarks were fitting.

“I did this for my mom,” Thomas said during the trophy presentation.

Thomas’ mother, Maranda, said his words were icing on the cake of a great Mother’s Day.

“It’s so rewarding to watch him set specific goals, put in the time and effort to prepare, and then achieve what he put his mind toward,” Maranda said. “And then to dedicate to me, on Mother’s Day, was the best gift I could have gotten.”

The next major tournaments on the horizon for Thomas are the Oklahoma State Invitation in June and the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship 2021 at Midland Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina in July. 

To qualify for the World Championship, players must achieve priority status ranging from one to 12 by shooting consecutive scores at pre-determined levels or by order of finish at state and regional events. Thomas has achieved a level 11 status with two regional tournament wins.