Ghaffar:  Junior Masters Golf Champion

April 20, 2012

By Josh Horowitz, Class of 2012

Fayetteville Academy's very own 3rd grader, Walter Ghaffar, recently took home the coveted title of Junior Master Champion in Atlanta, Georgia.  To many, golf is thought of as an adult sport, but Walter Ghaffar is breaking the rules and demonstrating that anyone can enjoy playing golf, no matter their age.  Ghaffar has been actively involved in golf for much of his life and became inspired early on by his coach.  "My coach was the first one that got me interested in golf," said Ghaffar. "And I thought it sounded fun.  I also like watching Tiger Woods play."  Like Woods, Ghaffar has taken an interest in golf at an early age and he continues to progress on the golf course.  He now plays tournaments all over the country.  To prepare, Ghaffar spends a great deal of time practicing and training.  "I practice by myself a lot and with Coach Jamie for an hour each day," said Ghaffar.  Golf can be a very complicated and frustrating sport, with one element of your game causing you to struggle.  The golfers that separate themselves from the rest are the ones who can play a consistent, clean round each and every day.  Ghaffar admitted that his short game and his irons were his strengths on the golf course.  Like many, he also has a favorite club.  "I like the putter, because every time I get that club in my hand I think I'll make every putt on the golf course," said Ghaffar.

Ghaffar has become a regular atop the leader board at Junior tournaments all around the country.  To date, he believes the Junior Master Championship is by far his biggest accomplishment.  Ghaffar's older sister, Aminah, is proud of her younger brother and his many accomplishments.  "He works really hard, said Aminah.  He's always got a club in his hand.  Inside the house he's always putting.  He even practices his interviews in the shower.  I know his hard work will push him to achieve his ultimate goal, which is to be the best golfer in the world." 

Ghaffar continues to practice every day and hopes to someday make it to the PGA.

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