DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Three international golfers are hitting the links in this 15 to 18-year-old age group of the Future Masters this year, including one from Israel.

Itai Cohen is the first Israeli golfer to compete in the Future Masters tournament.

Cohen has been playing golf since he was a young boy.

His dad was one of Israel’s top professional golfers, sparking his love of the game.

There was one big challenge in Cohen’s way, Israel only has one golf course in the entire country.

Thankfully it was right by his house in Or Akiva.

He spent most of his young golf career traveling Europe to compete in tournaments, until four years ago when he moved to Florida to attend IMG Academy.

He usually spends summertime visiting his family in Israel, but this year he just had to come compete in the prestigious Future Masters.

“These greens are very fast which is very rare to see in a lot of June tournaments and I think it’s a great challenge,” Cohen said. “I enjoy fast greens and the greens are pretty firm too so it’s kind of like you’ve got to adjust to playing defensive on the greens.”

Cohen is committed to play college golf at San Jose State University after he graduates from IMG Academy in 2023.

Cohen’s round one tee time is set for 7:39 a.m. Thursday morning.