“I try to play every day,” stated Kaiden Bush, just days before departing to the May 20-21 State 1A golf tournament in Austin. This focus and dedication earned the Yantis High School senior his second trip to the state tourney, having placed in the middle of the field as a freshman.
Bush attributes his passion for the game to the example set by his father, a lifelong golf enthusiast. Family lore holds that Bush was brought home after his birth in a golf onesie. With his first set of plastic golf clubs, around the age of 2, the connection between Bush and the game flourished.
Under the tutelage of his father, Wills Point native Joey Bush, Kaiden steadily demonstrated the qualities of patience and dedication required to master the sport. His work ethic paid off as he won the 2019 district individual golf title.
Shortly thereafter he registered his personal best with a round of 80 to place at the regional tournament and earned his second trip to state. Bush voiced excitement and determination regarding his return trip to state competition. He acknowledged that a solid performance in Austin may well impact his immediate future. He said he will be attentive to every detail of the experience.
The 72 class 1A golfers were to play 18 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday at Lions Municipal Course. Bush was to play the first round with Chris Rodriguez of Munday and Nolan Steelman of D’Harris. Tee time for the threesome was 9 a.m. from the number 10 tee.
Bush hopes to play golf collegiately with ambitions beyond the amateur level. In parallel, he will pursue a career as a firefighter, once again following in the footsteps of his father.
As he heads down to Austin, Bush reflected on the meaning of golf:
“You have to have a lot of patience. You have to put your mind into the game. It takes time. If you really want something in your life, you must work hard and put the effort in.”
Supported by his family, the young Yantis athlete will bring his determined spirit to compete with the best golfers across the state.