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Northampton brothers shine at US Kids Golf World Championship

Brothers Galen and Reilly Fowles, of Northampton, found their way to the leaderboard against players from all over the world this weekend at the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst, N.C.

Galen Fowles, 7, tied for 10th in his age group after he finished with a 5-over-par 113 in the three-round event played over nine holes.

Only once had Reilly Fowles, 6, broken 40 over nine holes prior to the tournament, but he did it twice and tied for 12th place with an 8-over 116 in his age group.

In round one, Galen Fowles bogeyed the first and fourth hole, but birdied the sixth hole to finish 1-over.

“He got off to a shaky start, but I was telling him there were a lot of holes left and he had lots of time,” said Derek Fowles, Galen’s father. “I tried to talk to him to take his mind off the course. We talked about things like the Red Sox game, which helped him relax.”

In round two, Galen Fowles continued to hit consistently and finished 1-over. Fowles bogeyed the first hole and double bogeyed the third hole. After recording a birdie on the fifth and eighth holes, Fowles found his way back into the top 10.

“Slowing down and concentrating on each shot was a big part of him doing well,” Derek Fowles said. “Once he did that, everything fell into place. The game of golf is funny sometimes, one shot could potentially change everything.”

Fowles bogeyed three times in the third round and finished 3-over.

“Everything was kinda fun. I’ve never played against so many people before,” Fowles said. “I did better the second round and had two birdies, so I did good.”

Reilly Fowles finished the first round with a 2-over 38. He birdied the third hole, but bogeyed three of the last six.

“We are very proud of him and it blew me away how well the kids did, not only our kids but everyone there,” said Adrian Grace, Galen and Reilly’s mother.

Dealing with fatigue during the second round, Reilly Fowles finished 5-over.

“People were telling me that fatigue sets in. The second day I could tell it set in because he was sort of dragging around a little,” Grace said. “In the third day I was really surprised. He was skipping around and was having a lot of fun. He even was skipping down the stairs in between holes.”

Reilly Fowles finished the third round 1-over after rallying in the last four holes.

“It was a little easy, but some places were hard to hit like behind the bunker, and I had a lot of energy so it was fun,” Fowles said.

Fowles was even-par until he double bogeyed the fifth hole. He birdied the next two holes to bounce back to even, but bogeyed the eighth hole to move to 8-over.

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