HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - There is a difference between being a good golfer and a great one.
That is why you can find Donnell Lynch, Jayson Smith, Brandon Binford, Caleb Battle, and Xavier Hereford practicing their "drives" at least three times a week.
They are all members of the Huntsville Metropolitan Youth Golf Foundation, representing various high schools throughout Madison County.
"These kids have an incredible talent," said HMYGF president Theodore Bridges.
That is why Bridges says his golfers were recently invited to participate in the International Junior Golf Tour at Callaway Gardens in Georgia.
"It was a big deal," said Bridges.
Young golfers from all over the world are invited to play the difficult course each year. This year, tournament officials heard and read about the accomplishments of these young men on the greens throughout North Alabama, and invited them to play. They were the largest representation from Alabama.
"I was very excited because I've never been to an out of town tournament. That was my first time," said Binford.
The competition was not easy.
"Oh, it was steep. It was no joke out there because there were kids from Japan, Great Britain, there were kids from everywhere," said Hereford.
The guys say they learned a lot from the experience.
"I found out that I need to work on a lot of things, such as semi-driver and the fairways," said Smith.
"It kind of taught us that we can do this, you know? We're out here playing with these guys from everywhere else, and they are just as good as we are, so who knows? Maybe one day we can make it," said Hereford.
"It made me just feel excited about the future for these young men," said Bridges.
Speaking of the future, they all have the same goal in mind.
"I'd like to be a golfer when I grow up, a professional golfer," said Lynch.
For a job well done, the young men of the Huntsville Metropolitan Youth Golf Foundation are WAFF 48 Star Students.