Local Golfer Chases PGA Tour Dream

Aug 1, 2015 1:30 AM by Ross Field

A local teenager is one of golf's biggest rising stars in the country and as Action News Now's Ross Field tells us, he's turned in a wildly successful summer.

Chico's Noah Norton is addicted to golf.

"I play every day, practice 7-to-10 hours, try and keep my game competitive and get ready for the big events," said Norton.

He's one of the top junior players in the state, having won four tournaments this season, including the AJGA Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior Open and most recently, the JGNAC Les Schwab Chico Junior Classic last weekend.

He also scored an 11th place finish in the Junior World Championships at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

The success could be a possible springboard to a college scholarship and a career on the PGA Tour.

"Anything is possible if you work hard enough," Norton said. "Ultimately, I'm happy with how I've been doing and I want to just keep playing as good or better."

Norton started playing when he was five-years-old. You could say he models his game after PGA pro Jordan Spieth. Norton is not particularly long off the tee and if he had to pick just one strength, it would be his putting.

"I've always been, in my opinion, a good putter. My day taught me putting me first, my grandpa taught me putting first and I was always one of the shortest guys on the course and short game is what I have to rely on," said Norton.

Norton is on the cusp of becoming a household name, but the humble teenager will be the first to tell you, he's got more growing to do. The 16-year-old just got his driver's license and he's going to be a junior at Pleasant Valley. Perhaps he'll soon be able to add a high school state title to the list of his growing accomplishments.

Noah Norton, he's Chico's ace in the hole.


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