PEKIN, Ill. – DA Points has played in the Masters and the U.S. Open.
He’s rubbed shoulders with the some of the greatest golfers to ever play, like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold palmer and Tiger Woods.
But this week is a highlight for him.
“This is one of the coolest opportunities that I never dreamed of,” said Pints. “I never thought I could have my name on a tournament. The fact it is at my home course, Pekin Country Club, that means so much to me.”
The Pekin native has put his name on a golf tournament to help promote junior golf in the area and in the state.Ninety-six boys and girls will play in the 72-hole D.A. Points Junior Open starting Tuesday.
It is the fist American Junior Golf Association tournament ever played in central Illinois.Twenty-five years ago Points was making a name for himself playing in AJGA events across the Midwest.
“To try and get a 10-year-old up at 7 a.m. to go do something today is pretty hard,” said Points. “But I couldn’t wait.”
Points admits golf is in a bit of a slump right now. Rounds played are down and golf courses are closing all over teh nation.
But he thinks these junior golfers are part of the generation that can bring the game back to prominence. Points says these players just need to find young star golfer to look up to.
He pointed to young American PGA stars like Justin Thomas and Justin Spieth.
“Basketball hs Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry. Football has Tom Brady and Aaron Rogers,” said Points. “We need those type guys. I feel like we have a good mix of them.”
And maybe that next rising star is playing in Pekin this week.