Local student hits the links at inaugural Junior Invitational at Colonial last week

Javie Cerda (middle), and caddie Tre Wright (behind) from Benbrook Middle School walk down the fairway at Colonial.
Javie Cerda (middle), and caddie Tre Wright (behind) from Benbrook Middle School walk down the fairway at Colonial.

by Ben Posey

Javie Cerda, a Brewer Middle School student and soon to be freshman at BHS, was selected from the local chapter of First Tee players to participate in the Inaugural Junior Invitational at the Dean and DeLuca held at Colonial Country Club during the Memorial Day weekend pro golf tournament. The event, which was held on the Sunday prior to the tournament start, was part of the Nike Golf Youth Clinic, which was open to kids of all ages.
“The experience was like a real golf invitational competition,” Cerda said. “We used caddies, a person walking with a score standard with our names on it and our names on the golf course leader board.”
The group of 24 players played a daunting three-hole stretch on the front nine at Colonial Country Club of holes 3, 4, and 5 nicknamed the Horrible Horseshoe. These holes have been described as long, tight, and visually daunting.
“I was honored to be chosen from our fellow participants to represent our great chapter,” said Cerda. “The best part was receiving a formal invitation from the country club and a Nike golf bag with my name on it!”

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