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Latin American golfer starts at age 10, gets into Masters six years later

Latin American golfer starts at age 10, gets into Masters six years later

Posted by PanamericanWorld on January 20, 2016

Paul Chaplet is a 16-year-old from Costa Rica who will become the second-youngest golfer to ever play the Masters later this year. He will also be the first Costa Rican to play in the event. Chaplet won the Latin America Amateur Championship over the weekend to complete an improbable six-year run. As Kevin Maguire noted for ESPN, Chaplet has only been playing the sport since he was 10.

He said he was 10 when his mother bought his sister a golf club, and Chaplet went along "not knowing what golf was." "The coach told me, 'You want to hit a golf ball?' and I said, 'Yes.' And from that day on, I kind of grasped it," he said.

That's pretty unbelievable. From not ever playing the sport to playing Augusta National in the span of six years. Six years! Chaplet called the whole thing a "child's dream."

Billy Payne was certainly right when he talked about the allure of the Latin America Amateur Championship with Golfweek last week.

"Because it's so compelling to come -- I mean, man, to compete against this quality of competition in Latin America, at one of the top golf courses in the whole world (Teeth of the Dog), and to do it with the opportunity to capture an enormous prize, if you will (a Masters invitation)? It's pretty compelling."

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