Stimble is best in state

Thursday, August 30, 2007

It could be easy to think that Donald Stimble might be intimidated by his competition. Standing a mere five feet tall and only 12 years old, Stimble is often the youngest among his competitors but Stimble seems undaunted by this fact. He just sort of shrugs it off.

Stimble, instead, just focuses on what he knows. And what he knows is how to play golf.

The resident of Shell Knob recently competed in Missouri's Junior Amateur Championship in which he won the 12- to 13-year-old division despite being only 12.

The award is nothing new to Stimble who has been playing golf for four years. Stimble was actually headed off to a national competition in North Carolina the week he was interviewed.

Stimble gives credit to his dad, Gene, for teaching him how to golf and feels most confident about his short game.

"Anywhere within 100 yards is where I feel best about my game," said Stimble.

Despite his recent honors, Stimble is resolutely modest and says his success comes from practice and hard work.

"I started off really bad," Stimble said when asked about his first time on a course. "It took lots of practice."

Stimble shot a 72, even par, on his first day of competition at the state tournament and finished with a 75 on day two. The 72 was Stimble's personal best on a course.

The competition was held at Osage National, a newly opened golf course near Lake of the Ozarks.

Stimble is the son of Gene and Nancy Stimble, who reside in Shell Knob.

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