HE IS only seven, just a few inches higher than his golf bag, but already Christian Johnson is hitting the ball 160 yards and more, winning trophies and he has his coaches talking of his golf maturity and talent as the best they have seen in years.
David Lloyd, a golf professional at the Formby Golf Centre, says: “He has got probably the biggest amount of talent I have come across for many years.
“His attitude to golf is not like that of a seven-year old but more that of a 27-year-old.
“He concentrates like an adult too and he can out-hit anyone his age. I am not talking about distance but consistency too. He is a remarkable little boy.”
Norman Marshall, owner of the Leisure Lakes Golf Academy near Southport says: “He is the most talented young golfer I have ever seen in about 23 years as a golf professional.
“It is the amount of power he produces for someone so young and in golf terms he is so mature for his years.”
Christian lives in Formby and despite his talent his father Kenny found his son’s age a barrier when he tried to get him admitted to a golf club in the region.
The exception was Southport and Ainsdale where, with letters of support from both Lloyd and Marshall, his application was accepted at the age of six, almost certainly the youngest member in the history of the club. There, playing against boys aged up to 16, he won the first junior medal he entered.