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Historic trip
Goldman to test his game on some of the older Scottish links

CONYERS - Talk about a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the First Tee golf program at East Lake Golf Club, Conyers' Miles Goldman is heading over to Scotland where he will play some of the old courses and have a meeting with the members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

Some of the links he'll take on include Kingsbarns Golf Links, Royal Lytham, The Balgove Course and Turnberry.

"I'll also be playing The Hill of Tarvit. It's an old course," Goldman said. "You don't play with regular clubs, they give you hickory clubs."

They will also get a chance to see and meet some professional golfers when they attend a practice round of the British Women's Open.

He got his chance to play where the game began by writing a winning 500-word essay explaining on why he deserved to go.

"I wrote about how it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Scotland and go play the old courses," he said. "I said how it would really change my life because the people I would meet and play with will stay with me for the rest of my life."

Goldman was one of four people selected out of 200 who wrote essays.

Although he has a great love for the game, golf was not his first pick. He also is a very accomplished tennis player.

After being ranked No. 1 tennis player at age 10 in Georgia four years ago, Goldman laid down his tennis racquet and decided to pick up the golf clubs and head to the links.

"When I was really young there were so many expectations of me, I had a lot of talent and I was really good for my age. Golf is a sport where practicing every day doesn't really have the wear on your body like tennis," Goldman said. "I was practicing every day for five hours and my body was breaking down. I just wasn't cut out for it."

Another thing he likes about competitive golf over competitive tennis is that in golf you're playing against yourself.

He explained that in tennis you're playing directly against somebody and it's really whoever wants the match more that will win. But in golf you're playing more against the course and yourself.

"You have to push yourself to do better," Goldman added. "For me, it's a whole mental thing. When I'm playing well and I'm really confident, I think I can do just about anything on the golf course. It's such a mental game and I like that."

Even though Goldman had success on the court, he is no less successful on the golf course.

Goldman, who's only been playing for a few years, is currently shooting in the low 80s and is an active member of the Atlanta Junior Golf Association.

In 2007, Goldman won the Club Championship at The First Tee of East Lake.

Of all the golfers on the tour, his favorite golfers are Tiger Woods and Adam Scott.

He admires the determination displayed by Woods and the swing and style Scott possess.

"His (Scott) golf style is really good. He wears the best clothes," Goldman said.

Goldman is hoping to take his game to the next level after college and join the PGA Tour. Besides being a professional golfer, he is also interested in teaching the game to others.

"I would like to go to Georgia State because I love the city of Atlanta and I'd be close to my family," Goldman said. "But if I got a full ride, I'd probably like to go to the University of Washington. I was born in that state and it's one of my favorite schools.

"I feel like I have a natural knack for teaching. Teaching golf comes natural because I really understand the game. I know I can help people. Even with my mom, she doesn't play that much, but when I'm helping her it really makes her happy. I like to see people happy and when I can help it's really good for me."

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.