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Posted: Friday, July 6, 2012 2:49 pm

Davis Evans has walked the fairways of some of the nation’s top golf courses.

So has his father, Chad, only the latter is outside the ropes.

“When I started taking him when he was 7 or 8 I had no idea that I would be getting a chance to go to Torrey Pines and Pinehurst,” he said. “Yet that’s what we are going.”

Davis will be in San Diego July 10-13 for the Junior World Championship in San Diego in what will be the culmination of one whirlwind of a summer for the 12-year-old.

“I’ve been working hard,” he said. “I had the yips for a little bit, but I was able to get over it. My coach (Matt Trimble) helped me figure it out. My club face was open at the top and I was hitting weak shots out to the right or I was too fast and hitting a sweep hook.

“I was able to get it through it and that showed me I could be pretty good.”

He’s already there so it is just a matter of how good he can become.

Last weekend, Evans won the Junior World qualifier at Ahwatukee Country Club when he shot a 71-75—146 to continue his good run on the Junior Golf Association of Arizona where he is ranked first overall in his age group.

In the seven events he has played in, Evans has never finished lower than fourth, finished runner-up three times and won twice to lead the player of the year standings based on points per finish.

“I just want to be the best player in the world,” he said. “I want to win every tournament I play in. I know it is not going to happen, but that’s the way I look at it.”

Chad Evans, a 4-handicap himself, started the process a few years ago by focusing on the short game first.

“I knew it was going to take time to grow into his swing,” he said. “We started out around the green, chipping and putting. It became a natural swing and then once he got bigger he could drive the ball. Then he could get to the green and play bogey golf.”

It has led to Davis, who will be in the seventh grade at Altadeña Middle School, to become a golf junkie, playing as often as he can.

“I used to play soccer a lot and I was on teams above my age group,” he said. “But it was taking away from my time on the golf range.”

And now, Evans is playing events like the Alpine Country Club in Utah where he won the 11-12 age division 18-hole match play event in mid-June.

“It doesn’t matter how he does as long as he is having fun and likes competing,” Chad said. “When I first entered him in a tournament, I told him just play and have fun. He loved it and before I knew it he kept wanting to go back.”

As much as Evans, whose low score is a 32 for nine holes and 70 for 18 while playing on courses about 6,000 yards, enjoys playing competitively, he made it pretty clear his favorite time on the course is when his dad is right there with him on links.

Inside the ropes.

“He doesn’t get to play as much as he used to,” Evans said. “I’ve beat him once but he is a little rusty and I am playing all of the time. My favorite time is playing a round with him.

“My dad taught me the game and I hope we always have time to play.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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