Young Golf Star is Setting Records On and Off the Course
Image Courtesy of The Monssoh Family
Axel, 8-years-old, Math Level E & Reading Level EI
Ever since Axel picked up a plastic golf club and began hitting balls in the hallway of his home at the early age of one, he immediately gravitated to the sport of golf. By the time he was two, he advanced to swinging with real clubs on the driving range. Three years later, Axel played in his first tournament and has been setting records on the course ever since.
As a record holder in junior golf events and recently being featured in Golf Digest’s Junior Golf section, it’s clear that his natural talent for the sport has already piqued the interest of professionals. Though Axel can hit a drive up to an impressive 190-yards and won the 2019 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst, N.C. in the 7-year-old bracket, it’s his work ethic and dedication that truly sets him apart from the rest.
Axel’s parents enrolled him in Kumon when he was three years old and has since gained an academic advantage over his fellow peers. He immediately made a connection between golf and Kumon which he carries with him through daily practice, and while becoming a self-learner.
“I see a lot of similarities between golf and Kumon. Kumon has taught me to focus and understand the value of daily practice to become stronger and reach my goals,” said Axel.
“By being an independent learner, I learn from my mistakes which helps me grow. All of these values can be applied to golf. The routine of golf is very important and the key to success. Kumon has helped me understand the value of daily routine.”
With his determination and high-level of focus, we know that Axel will achieve his future dream of becoming a professional golfer. He also hopes to one day wear the coveted green jacket and be ranked among some of golf’s greatest like Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson.
“My goal is to always lead and be number one,” said Axel. “I always try my best and never get discouraged when things don’t go the way I want them to go. I have a dream of turning professional and winning the Masters Tournament one day.”
Axel shares with us the secret to his success on and off the course.
What do you enjoy most about Kumon?
I enjoy learning and being challenged by new concepts. In reading, I learn a lot of new words that have improved my vocabulary and comprehension. In math, I like numbers and the Kumon Math Program had helped me calculate and think faster.
How has Kumon helped you academically?
Kumon continues to keep me ahead in school and always prepares me before going into the classroom. It helped me become confident enough to actively participate in the classroom, be a leader, and complete my homework. Kumon has taught me to remain disciplined and become independent at a very young age.
What is your favorite part about golf?
I love to beat the golf course and win. I love to hit the ball and make the putts. Also, I enjoy playing with my friends and my family too. Whenever I discover a new course, I am always up for the challenge.
What are some activities you enjoy doing outside of school and Kumon?
I enjoy all sports in general with golf being my number one sport. Outside of golf, I play tennis and take swimming classes. I like playing soccer, basketball, and baseball with my friends. I do play piano and chess as well. Every time I want to celebrate something, I like to dance and listen to great music with my family. Every day after school, I love playing with my brother and spending time with him.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
What’s the most beneficial thing you’ve learned in Kumon thus far?
Things get easier with practice. Practice shapes my mentality and attitude. Sometimes it can be challenging, but when you keep doing it and don’t give up, you can achieve your goals with lots of joy and confidence.
What advice would you give to kids just starting Kumon?
Sometimes Kumon can be challenging on a daily basis, but in the end, I know it pays-off there.
Any other information you’d like to share about yourself or your Kumon experience?
I really enjoy reading. Kumon has helped me when I read books as I understand the books better and deeper because of the vocabulary Kumon has taught me.