Ringgold has a rising teenage golf star. He's been playing most of his life, literally. He took a break for baseball and basketball.
But now, it's golf all the time for 16-year-old Sport Allmond.
As you would imagine, Allmond spends a lot of time on the driving range. And yes, Sport is his given first name. He told us, "I know God gave me the talent, but you gotta have a lot of practice with it. You can't just show up and be able to play this game."
Sport's a junior at Heritage High School and his passion is on the golf course.He started swinging a club at 17 months old. "My dad got me into it and it all started when I started to walk."
He's taken many steps from there; like winning three out of five Chattanooga Junior Classics and qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur. But one accomplishment stands out the most. "This past year at the city junior championship would probably be the most meaningful because I defended my title, the one I won last year, so it felt good to do it again."
Sport stays grounded, because as he says, he doesn't win them all.
But a solid short game paired up with 290, 300 yard drives add up to lots of wins.Lots. He expects an even longer drive in the coming years. And his 56 degree wedge is his favorite club. "It's my friend for the first because I have to use it quite a bit."
But it takes more than equipment to maintain and advance to the next levels of golf. "I would say my strength is probably my creativity just because when I'm in trouble, I can somehow think of a way to get out."
He wears his spirit in bright clothes (Loudmouth), floppy hair and the wide-brimmed cap. And yes, he watched golf's final major (PGA) last weekend rooting for one player in particular. "I was pulling for Ricky, Ricky's my favorite."
Of course, Sport's talking about Ricky Fowler.
As for his own future, Sport plans to graduate from Heritage and land a college golf scholarship.He's got his eyes on Dalton State, UTC, Georgia or Georgia Tech.
And yes he dreams....about the PGA.
by John Madewell