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      Young Upper Michigan golfer is aiming high

      For 12 year old Jordan Jurmu, golf is more than just a sport; it's a way of life. Although it's something he does all of the time, it's hard for him to even explain what makes golf so special.

      "I'm not sure, I just really love to golf," said young golfer Jordan Jurmu.

      Jordan practices just about every day as long as the weather is nice, but if it isn't...

      "Go to the U.P. Sportsplex, hit golf balls there, drive, everything," said Jurmu.

      Jordan's passion for golf spans seven or eight years and it all started with his father. Since then Jordan convinced his dad to take him out on the course to practice. Now that practice is paying off and he is on his way to a tournament in Florida.

      â??There's qualifying sites all around the United States and if you shoot a qualifying score or better you get to go to down to the international in Florida," said Jurmu.

      Jordan did just that, in fact he took second place in the regional qualifying round last month in Wisconsin. Only about 600 golfers get to compete in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship out of 5,000 golfers that attempt to qualify. Jordan will compete in the tournament July 21. There is no doubt in anyone that Jordan will continue to strive for greatness out on the course.

      "Nobody's going to out work Jordan and he's out here constantly to improve himself, he's getting better every day and we kind of see it as he's growing up, he's starting to get bigger and stronger and I think the next two or three years it's just going to be leaps and bounds as far as his game," said Marc Gilmore, Golf Pro at Marquette Golf and Country Club.

      If Jordan keeps this up, maybe we will see him golfing one day with the likes of Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy.