Tommy Morrissey, 3, is way ahead of the golf curve despite being born with one arm

September 5, 2014

Meet 3-year-old Tommy Morrissey, who is more than just your average adorable toddler.

The pint-sized golfing prodigy can drive the ball nearly 100 yards despite being born without a portion of his right arm below the elbow.

"It's both a gift and a challenge. And he doesn't know he has either one," Joe Morrissey, Tommy’s father, told David Weinberg of the Press of Atlantic City.

Tommy has nicknamed his right arm “Nemo," after the character in the Disney animated film who has a small fin. Tommy lives with his family in Florida, and visits Linwood, N.J., during the summer. That’s where he took a lesson from Linwood PGA professional Jeff LeFevre.

"I was very skeptical at first," LeFevre said. “Most 3-year-olds are more interested in Tonka Trucks than golf … But Tommy was different. His setup and stance were perfect, and he had the slight hesitation at the top of his backswing that you're looking for. I stepped back and had a tear in my eye. The ball is the biggest truth in golf, and he hit it square. He is beyond unique."

Naturally, young Tommy’s favorite club is the driver.

"Most kids have stuffed animals in their cribs," his mother, Marcia Lee said. "Tommy slept with his golf clubs. And it wasn't just one club. He had eight in there. One night we forgot one and he freaked out and said, 'I need my driver.'"

Nicely done, Tommy. He may be only 3, but he knows you need to let the big dog hunt.

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