EDMONTON - If Wilson Bateman wasn’t actually born to play golf, he didn’t wait long.
“I had a club in my hand before I could walk,” said the bright young prospect, who started winning tournaments in Edmonton and setting his sights on the PGA not long after. “This is what I’ve wanted to do since I was eight.”
That’s when he first broke 100.
“Seven or eight, I don’t remember,” he said.
Bateman’s been ahead of the curve from the start. He was hitting milestones in elementary school that adult players take decades to achieve?
“I remember breaking 80 when I was about 10 and 70 when I was 11 or 12. I haven’t broken 60 yet but I’ve been close. I shot 61 last year.”
At 11, he won an 18-and-under event at Goose Hummock, shooting a 73.
In 2009, at 15, he finished third at the Alberta Amateur Championship, becoming the youngest player to ever make the province’s national (Willingdon Cup) team.