Thirteen-year-old Agib Hughes has achieved so much in his amatuer golfing career so far, and there is no slowing down for this aspiring professional.
Born in Bamako, Mali in West Africa, Hughes has since lived in Zambia, the Congo, Guinea, Sudan, Lesotho and Australia.
Picking up his first set of clubs at the age of two, he has since won several tournaments both in Australia and overseas.
Because of his father’s work as an international school administrator, Hughes has moved from country to country.
Residing in Inverell since February, his best score sits at 71 and best golfing handicap an impressive 2.6.
Heading to Gunnedah this weekend, Hughes will compete in the NEDGA one-day junior event.
“Last year, he placed second behind a 16-year-old so if he plays well he should have a successful day,” his father Greg said.
Hughes will also travel to Newcastle in July for the NSW Championships open event.
Last year, the avid golfer finished a credible 8th for his age group following a disappointing first round.
“It’s the biggest golfing event for NSW; played over four days. I feel confident and a bit nervous.
“I have been working a lot; mostly on my concentration, game management and playing smart,” Hughes said.
Since residing in Inverell, the young star has become a regular on the green even competing in the local club championships.
Held over two weekends, Hughes placed fourth overall and took out the A-Grade net and junior title.
His list of accolades include competing in several international qualifying events where he won the opportunity to play in both the European championships held in Gullane, Scotland and the world junior championships at Pinehurst in America.
His skills and game strategy may be described as complex, however the reason behind his love for the game is simple.
“It’s mostly about being with my Dad on the course, but it’s also about the peacefulness,” he said.
Next year, Hughes will head off to a golfing academy in South Africa to continue his schooling.
The move will boost his chances of securing a golf scholarship at a university in America which will assist him to one day turn pro to play on one of the world tours.
However, Hughes said he has enjoyed his time in Inverell as a student of Macintyre High School.
“Prior to moving here, he was enrolled at Kooralybyn International School, attended by golfers such as Adam Scott and Jason Day, and famous runner Cathy Freeman,” Greg said.
Hughes thanked everyone at Inverell’s golf club for their help, support and kindness.
“People have been quick to offer words of encouragement and advice.”