11 year old hitting it straight

At age 11, North Augusta's McKenzie Talbert is one of the best junior golfers in the state of South Carolina. After all, she did pick up her first club at the age of three and hasn't put 'em down yet.

Nowadays Talbert can usually be found at Mount Vintage Plantation, either on the range or, more likely, on the course, where she's likely to be playing with people two or three times her age. While most of her wins have come in local junior tournaments, there's one she's really proud of.

"My biggest accomplishment was probably in Jekyll Island when I was 10," Talbert says. "I beat a girl out of Florida in the Jekyll Island Cup, and it was all of the United States and three countries."

"So right now we're sticking to a dozen or so a year, that's probably plenty," says dad Ken Talbert. "She still enjoys practicing and having fun. You would hope with all the talent she seems to have, she wouldn't get burned out."

McKenzie already has her future mapped out: play high school golf at Strom Thurmond, then college golf at either Furman or Clemson, then go pro.


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