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Aspiring young golfer stands up to pressure

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BARRE, Vt. - A smooth swing is part of Bryson Richards' game.

WCAX Reporter Anson Tebbetts: So what did you think of your shot?

Bryson Richards: Oh just a little right. Not bad though.

Bad was part of my game.

Tebbetts: Here we go.

Bryson: Consistent.

Bryson is just as witty as he was 8 years ago. We first met Bryson when he was about to begin kindergarten.

"Don't run over my ball," said Bryson in 2006.

Tebbetts: Do you remember this?

Bryson: I do.

Tebbetts (2006): Do you play golf every day?

Bryson (2006): Yes, sometimes. One day I said I was going to take a day off but I went anyway.

Now 13, Bryson still plays every day at the Barre Country Club, often joined by his younger brother, Riley, who's 10.

Tebbetts: How is your brother doing?

Bryson: He is doing pretty well. He is getting there. He practices a lot. Comes up here every day with us. Trying to get better.

The brothers just keep getting better. Proof can be found in the number of medals and trophies the pair have rounded up.

This summer, Bryson was on the big stage, playing and finishing at the Vermont Amateur.

Tebbetts: So what was it like playing in the Vermont Amateur?

Bryson: Really fun. It was kind of fun seeing people two feet taller than me. They were hitting the ball 50 yards by me. I could not reach some of the holes.

But this kid from East Montpelier stood up to the pressure:

"I like it; I tend to perform a little better under pressure. I really don't mind it. Try not to get too rattled," said Bryson.

It's a game that may eventually take him to a warmer climate so he can play year-round. It's part of his dream.

"I want to become a pro golfer. If that doesn't work out. I will be a golf professional or teacher or something. Something to do with golf," said Bryson.

It's a promise from a kid who rarely has a bad round no matter his age.

"I think I am playing my bestest golf today," said Bryson in 2006.

The boys are getting coaching from their dad; they also are getting help with their game from the pros at the Barre Country Club. Their next tournament is coming up this Friday in Middlebury.

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