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Golf sensation Sevie (3) off to US school for little geniuses

By Claire McNeilly

He's certainly the youngest ‘new’ Rory McIlroy but — even at three years old — Sevie Trowlen is surpassing expectations.

The toddler — named in tribute to his golf-mad parents’ hero Seve Ballesteros — has been invited to a prestigious children’s golf school in America to hone his already impressive skills.

Little Sevie, who first picked up a plastic club when he was just 20 months old, will be a guest of the Michelle Holmes School of Golf in Virginia for two weeks in July.

Prior to that, Sevie is looking forward to next week’s Irish Open at the K Club, where he hopes to meet the ‘old’ Rory McIlroy.

He will also be presented with a specially made club by Srixon, which sponsors one of our other Major winning stars, Graeme McDowell.

The American adventure came about after Holmes spotted Sevie’s burgeoning talent on Facebook.

“In America they’re used to dealing with kids as young as Sevie, and they have the facilities to manage ability at that tender age,” said father Sean.

“Some people think we’re pushing him along, but he’s genuinely interested in golf.

“He watches it all the time — and loves that sound when a driver hits the ball.

“And a favourite video of his  is the famous one where a young Rory McIlroy chips golf balls into his mum’s washing machine.

“But if he says he prefers football, it won’t be a problem. Whatever he enjoys doing is fine by us.”

Sean, a Glenavy-based fireman, added that Sevie possesses the natural unpredictability of a  lad of his tender years.

“You know, some days he plays like he’s 10 years old; on other days he’s just like any other toddler, wanting to watch Peppa Pig.”

Sevie’s natural sporting ability could come from mother Iva,  a keen golfer who also played handball at international level for the Czech Republic.

Iva and Sean settled on the unusual first name because their boy was born shortly after Europe dedicated their 2012 Ryder Cup victory to the legendary Spaniard,  who lost his battle with cancer a year earlier at the age of 54.

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