Eight-year-old Colt Jeffress has charged into his summer swinging, taking his place among North Texas’ best young golfers at a pair of area tournaments.

Stephenville’s Jeffress held his own against some of the state’s best junior golfers at Stephen’s Park in Dallas at the end of May, finishing second with a 42 to land a spot in the U.S. Kids Golf Season Championship Playoff.

“I was so nervous the night before the tournament that I was sick,” Colt said, “but, I really wanted to play.”

He did just that as he steadily shot up the leaderboard.

“He played very well seeing as how these are courses he’s never even seen before and knowing that some of his competitors have played in the world championships and are very seasoned golfers,” Colt’s mother, Jackie, said.

Colt’s hot streak continued early this month with a first-place finish at the North Texas PGA junior tournament at Fort Worth’s Academy at Waterchase. He was just two shots over par, outdoing every other golfer in the tournament. The win earned him an invitation to the North Texas Junior Open.

Colt is currently atop the North Texas PGA’s Player of the Year rankings, and is No. 2 in the U.S. Kids Golf points standings.

Still, his objective is to just keep playing — a strategy that has clearly served him well to this point.

“We try not to focus on the Player of the Year positions simply because we are at such a disadvantage, living so far from all of these courses and not being able to travel to as many tournaments as the kids that live in the Metroplex,” Jackie said.

“We just go from one tournament to the next and have as much fun as possible,” she said. “We are just so proud of Colt!”

Next on the agenda for Colt is the Starburst National Junior Tournament in Waco.