Fresh off his first tournament win of 2008, Fisher Bodenstein made a tough choice for a 14-year-old who loves sports.He quit.After recording back-to-back 78s at The Moors Golf and Lodging in Milton to win the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Panhandle Junior Classic 12- to 15-year-old division, he decided enough was enough. Bodenstein has played golf since he was 6 and baseball and basketball for just about as long. He's pretty good, too — just decent if you ask him. But in order to be really good, he quit basketball and baseball and has set his sights on golf."I won and that gave me some confidence," he said. "I won and it wasn't the best I could do."Bodenstein carded an 8 on No. 9 and finished with back-to-back double bogeys, three putts on both of them.The stumble — win or no win — was enough to make up his mind. Goodbye hoops and cleats, more time with a driver and putter.Why focus so much at such a young age?"He wants to be Panther number four to come out of Milton High," said Cal Bodenstein, Fisher's father, referring to local golf pros Boo Weekley, Bubba Watson and Heath Slocum — all Milton graduates.
He's on his way.As a freshman he played in the No. 2 spot for most of Milton's matches last season and made the regional tournament as one of three low medalists in the district tournament.It doesn't hurt that he's getting a little help from someone who knows what he's talking about.Bodenstein is coached by Jack Slocum, Heath's father.With help like that and the ability to see your dream and go after it, Bodenstein will be a fixture on the course for years to come.
Pensacola News Journal January 11, 2008