Rising star McKibbin set to compete at Pinehurst

Tom McKibbin.
Tom McKibbin.

Golf prospect Tom McKibbin will this summer be treading same hallowed fairways set to be walked by the 2014 US Open competitors at Pinehurst, North Carolina.

The talented 11-year-old, fresh from winning the Junior Sportsperson of the Year gong at the Newtownabbey Sports Awards, has booked his spot at a third US Kids Golf World Championships in July.

McKibbin made sure of his place after he carded six-over - three shots ahead of his nearest rival - in the US Kids Golf Boys’ Irish Championships held at Portmarnock Golf Club.

The Ben Madigan pupil’s success follows on from his victory in the US Kids Golf Ulster Championships at Ballyliffin Golf Club and runner-up spot in the US Kids Golf Leinster Championships at the end of April.

His next major challenge is the 2014 US Kids Golf European Championships in Gullane, Scotland (May 27 to 29).

The Holywood Golf Club lad is currently a member of the Golf Union of Ireland’s Ulster Branch coaching panel and is coached by PGA professional Johnny Foster.