5 Year-old Colorado trophy-winning golf prodigy
He skis, plays tennis and competes in national and international golf tournaments. Sounds like the average Summit County resident, except that Jessy Hayden Huebner is only 5 years old.
This golfing prodigy from Breckenridge is turning heads and taking home trophies. Two years ago, at the age of 3, Jessy proclaimed, “I want to play golf,” and his parents, Jessy and Lena Huebner, happily obliged. They bought him his first set of clubs and he quickly became a regular at the putt-putt course on Peak 8 in Breckenridge. A natural athlete, his skill rapidly advanced and when his game surpassed his dad’s, they decided it was time for a coach.
In September of 2013 he competed in his first tournament, bringing home a third place trophy. His love of the game and love of winning was solidified, and he hasn’t stopped. Since then, he’s competed in about 14 tournaments, with more approaching. He’s competing at a national and international level. In each of these tournaments, he is awarded points based on his ranking and has already racked up 22,000 points. By May 2014 he was ranked as the #2 golfer in the Coed 6 & Under Division by the Gold Coast Junior Golf Foundation.
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Jessy’s surprising ability to focus and concentrate on the task or sport at hand is impressive. He loves watching professional golfers on TV and can’t wait to get back out on the course the next day. During tournaments, he’s able to remain calm and steady. He’s naturally competitive in all sports and this competitive streak keeps him working towards improving his game and winning tournaments. At a mere 46” tall and weighing only 50 pounds, his 30 pound golf bag takes up almost as much room on the green as he does. Luckily his coach and caddy aid him along the links. He carries 11 clubs in his bag and his driver is his favorite. His capability to consistently drive the ball 130 yards has earned him the nickname “The Rocket” and he giggles when asked if he likes playing with spaceships and rockets. He does.
With such maturity and dedication it’s easy to forget that he’s still just a kiddo. An adorable, giggly and outgoing one at that. “Greeeeeeeen!” he squeals when asked his favorite color. He hams it up for the cameras and adores the spotlight. His family surrounds him with love and support and he beams with confidence.
He likes music and dancing and recently performed an Elvis-inspired dance in the Spring Musical. You’ll regularly hear him singing along to his favorite song, “Counting Stars” by Onerepublic. He attends Montessori full time and speaks two languages fluently — English and Russian. He was raised speaking both at home, as his mother is from Russia and speaks the language with him predominantly. Jessy’s grandmother, who is also from Russia, now lives with the family and has shared famiy traditions with him, like hunting mushrooms.
Jessy also thrives at tennis, having played since he was two years old. His parents are both active Colorado folks, and encourage Jessy to take advantage of the mountain lifestyle. Growing up in Breckenridge at their family’s log home at the top of Mount Baldy, an appreciation for the great outdoors isn’t hard to achieve. When the summer fun comes to an end, he loves watching the autumn leaves turn yellow, because he knows ski season will soon arrive.
The Enchanted Forest trail at Peak 9 is his first pick when hitting the slopes. You can see adorable videos of Jessy cruising through the trees and swinging his arms, dancing to his own melody on his website http://www.jessyhuebner.com His site, updated by his parents, keeps fans and family updated on his tournament schedule and standings.
The future is bright for this shining Summit County star and we can’t wait to watch what Jessy does next.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.