Local golfer tees it up with Tiger Woods

May 19, 2016 1:04 PM by Ross Field

A 16-year-old from Chico had the chance to live out the dream of nearly every golf fanatic out there, to tee it up and pick the brain of one of the game's greats. Action News Now's Ross Field has the story.]

Noah Norton, a junior at Pleasant Valley High School, has been playing golf since he was five. Through countless hours of training he's emerged as one of the top junior players in the country.

"I like where I'm at I just want to keep doing what I'm doing and getting better," said Norton.

On Tuesday Norton earned medalist honors while leading PV to a Northern Section Masters Meet title, but it's what recently happened at a prestigious junior event that he's still trying to wrap his head around.

"It's something you don't get very often that's for sure," said Norton.

Norton was at Sage Valley Golf Club in South Carolina practicing for the Junior Invitational when out of nowhere someone special made an appearance.

"This Mercedes drives down the range. The car stops and Tiger Woods hops out of it," said Norton.

The 14-time major champion was the event's guest speaker. He answered questions for the 54 junior golfers in the field. He also played ping pong with them, held a clinch and hit shots on the driving range.

Norton was locked in the whole time making sure to take advantage of the rare opportunity.

"I got to ask him a lot of questions," said Norton.

Among those questions, how to improve each day.

"We talked about practice and how to be more efficient with time and how to practice and what to focus on," Norton said. "Noticing patterns is something that he deeply stressed so paying attention to where your misses are going and all that overall it taught me a lot."

Tips Norton will take with him to future events.

He also posed for a picture with Tiger and got an autograph.

It's an experience Norton will never forget.

"Tiger Woods is one of the best players to ever play the game so it was pretty cool, pretty awesome to meet him," said Norton.


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