SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ten-year-old golfer Noah Nuez was the youngest golfer competing in a recent tournament. He was also one of the best golfers in the field.
The Greyhawk Golf Club hosted the Ping Junior Interclub State Championship. The tournament features some of the best junior golfers in Arizona. Most of the competitors are teenagers and some are getting ready to play Division I golf in college next year.
"I'm playing against high schoolers. This is tough though but I'm hanging in," Nuez said.
Noah is one of the top ranked golfers on his team, The First Team Phoenix. The team's captain said he has never seen a golfer like Nuez.
"I haven't seen a talent like this," said Michael Bergeson. "Noah is a very exceptional individual. He's a really good golfer. He works on his game all the time. He plays so much. But even above that he's a really great individual."
When asked what the older golfers say about him Nuez said, "They say, 'wow, he's a hell of a golfer,'"
Nuez first picked up golf clubs at age two while following his father around the course.
"I just took him along. He just wanted to ride in the cart, wanted to drive, sit in my lap, drive the cart," said Noah's father Wyn Nuez.
Noah has hit an estimated 600 to 700 golf balls every day for the last eight years.
"I love it. It's a passion I mean. I do it every day so it's just like my life pretty much," Noah said.
"It's crazy. He thrives on competing with the big boys. He gets a kick out of it," explained Wyn.
For Noah, it's more than just a game. There's a moral in the sand of every hazard and a lesson behind every bogey.
"It's taught me about life. It's like not everything's fair in life and not everything goes how the way you want it to go so it's taught me a lot of things," said Noah.
Noah Nuez was 10 years old when this story was first broadcast on May 18, 2014. He is now 11.