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Why Aren’t They In School!!!

When teenage amateur Ryo Ishikawa won his first ever event on the Japan Golf Tour aged just 15 years and 8 months, it was seen as a phenomenal feat.

But he is a Grandad compared to 14-year-old Ren Okazaki, who became the youngest player to make the cut on the Japan Golf Tour in the recent Tokai Classic.

Okazaki shots rounds of 71 and 79 to get through to the weekend with a six-over-par total. What’s quite impressive is that the young tyke dropped five of those shots in his second round on his back nine as the pressure mounted.

"I was conscious of the cutline and I tightened up," he said after his round, before sagely adding; "This is no setup for amateurs. I want play without concern for fatigue over the final two days."

He now joins an impressive group of Asian teenagers who are truly proving that golf is a matter of attitude and not age.

Reigning Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion Guan Tianling became the youngest ever player to tee up in The Masters in April and set new records when he amazingly made the cut over the tough Augusta course.

And in May, 12-year-old compatriot Ye Wocheng became the youngest player to take part on the European Tour at the Volvo China Open.

While this does look promising for Asian golf in the years to come, you’ve got to think that there must be an awful lot of homework not being done at the moment!