At the young age of 13, James Bull of Heber Springs is charging toward becoming one of the top golfers in Arkansas. Bull currently sits atop his division of the Junior PGA Tour standings with four tournament titles and one runner-up in five appearances.
“I want to win the Masters and I want to play in the PGA. That is my goal,” said Bull. “I am excited about playing for the Panthers [next year] with Coach [Gaye] Stark and her being my coach and I want to give a shout out to my personnel mentor and coach Stan Lee.”
Competing in the North Central Division, which extends from Searcy to Mountain Home, Bull has captured championships at Tannenbaum Golf Club in Drasco, Searcy Country Club, Big Creek Golf Course in Mountain Home and Mountain Ranch Golf Club in Fairfield Bay.
"I like to play Tannenbaum, Red Apple and Mountain Ranch the most,” said Bull, who has accumulated a total of 590 points, which is the most of any golfer playing in the 12-13 year-old division out of Arkansas' seven regions. Will Gibson of the Northeast Region is second with 540 points and Colin Parnell of the Southeast Region is third with 390 points.
Living near Hole No. 15 at Red Apple has helped Bull progress as a golfer. “It helps me a lot because I go out there everyday and I practice and work harder every time. My short game is best. Short game is everything because you drive for show and putt for dough.”
Mentor Stan Lee had a stint on the PGA Tour after graduating from LSU, where he played for the Tigers. Lee won the USGA Senior Amateur in 2007 and his brother Louis Lee, who also played at LSU, won the 2011 Senior Amateur championship.
“He has helped my mental game. He has been there for me and has helped me on my game a lot. He is all-around a great coach,” added Bull.
Stan Lee said Bull's short game, mental approach and attitude is impeccable for his age. Bull finished second in chipping at the National Driving, Chipping and Putting contest in Dallas.
“James is special because he has a really unique attitude. He wants to learn, he wants to work to get better. He has enthusiasm and his work ethic is going to create a golfer as he becomes a junior and senior in high school, that will certainly have the opportunity and ability to play major college golf,” said Lee.
“Because of his attitude, he is about as good as anybody I've seen at his age. He is definitely the best around the green that I have seen at his age.
“He is just extraordinary and it's really fun to have watched him progress. We have been working together for a year now and it's neat to see him get to where he is,” added Lee.