Monday, October 22, 2012

Little Caddie

Saturday morning was all about golf, as usual.  b started out being B's caddy, but then he got mad, as 4 year olds are inclined to do, and abandoned the bag.  B was disappointed, as he was in full "I am the big wig golfer who needs a caddy" mode.  It was funny.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Brodie's 2nd Golf Medal!

 On Saturday, B had a golf tournament.  He took 3rd.  Yay!
It is his second golf medal.
He has worked really, really hard.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Golf Buddies ~ Nike call us!

  Brod played another round of golf with his best buddy, Triston, today!
We are anxiously waiting for Nike to call us! lol

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Coca-Cola Tour Championship {FedEx Cup} {Golf}

This weekend, we made a last minute decision and drove to Atlanta for the Coca-Cola Tour Championship FedEx Cup finals at East Lake Golf Club.  B has become a huge golf fan over the last year, both watching and playing the game.  
Last week, one of my friends went up on Wednesday, for the practice round.  She was able to get autographs from many of the players and was kind enough to bring Brodie an autographed flag.  He was so excited he even slept with it!
Then, on Thursday, one of his little golf friends went up to watch the players on the fist day of play, and it was such great fun for him, I felt I just had to find a way to make it happen for Brodie. I am so glad I did!
On Sunday, we left little b at my Aunt's house in Marietta.  He was having great fun with her, and would not have been interested in the long day at the golf course.  So it was just the 3 of us.  I think the Canadian was just as excited as Brodie was (or maybe more?).
There were several vendors and freebies as we walked in the gates.  You could even test out your golf swing and compare it to the pros.
Excitement was in the air as we continued out and even though we didn't know what we were doing, or where we were going, it all worked out great!  We watched players come out and practice putting, and then we saw all of the players be introduced, and tee off at hole #1.

As a side note, I really enjoyed the atmosphere at this event.  It was exciting and fun, but people were not wild and crazy like they can be at other sporting events.  I was simply amazed that with a wave of their hands, the volunteers could bring thousands of people to silence when the players were shooting.

Now, I will say, cameras are not allowed and cell phones are practically banned from this place, except in designated areas.  Seriously.  Security was confiscating phones left and right, so I risked life, limb, and Android, to get these shots.

I could explain why they have the blur on the right, but then I would have to disclose my method for hiding the cell phone.  Shhh.

This was Brodie watching Tiger Woods come down the fairway after teeing off. We saw him much closer right before this, at the practice putting green, but that security lady would have busted me for sure.  As a side note, I thought Tiger looked taller and thinner in person.

I do wish we could have had a camera to capture all of the day's fun.  Brodie saw all of the players, up close, most within 3-4 feet.  We watched from various holes throughout the tournament.
Toward the end of the day, we stood on the rail between the tee box and the green on the 18th hole, and all of the players passed right by us.  Brodie held his hand out and received high fives from Dustin Johnson, Bo Van Pelt, Adam Scott, and Justin Rose.  Dustin, Bo, and Justin each spoke directly to Brodie, when they passed, saying something like "Hey man, what's up!" When the first one spoke, Brodie asked me, "How did he know my name?"  I explained it was "man" not "Mann"  lol. :)
Then, after he made an incredible shot from the tee box, landing the ball just a foot or so from the hole, Tiger Woods passed by on his way to the green and we said, "Great shot, Tiger!"  He looked up at us and Brodie and said, "Thanks, guys." He seemed very sincere and nice.  I was grateful!

As was the Canadian, who posted on fb...
Brodie's new (I wish you get a hole in one club) includes golfers Tiger Woods,Jason Dufner, Adam Scott, Garrigus, and [special] honorable mention to Dustin Johnson, Bo Van Pelt and Justin Rose. Oh and the camera guy who gave my kid a free drink. NOW the golfers who are in the (I wish you shank it in the woods deep club) are Rickie Fowler, zach Johnson, snedeker and leading the way Rory Mcclroy. Walking down the gallery and hi fiving a six year old left an imprint that they will never know.
Seriously, I know those guys have a lot on their minds, and it was kind of them to go out of their way to acknowledge the kids.  
I can honestly tell you, I never gave a rat's booty about golf.  I thought it was the most boring thing I had ever seen on tv, and the game itself seemed absolutely senseless.  Now that Brodie loves it, however, I have been forced to learn it and understand it, and I really enjoy it!  Of course watching your child in awe, and having so much fun can make anything wonderful.  
At least for me it does!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Godwin Creek Monthly Tournament

Big Brothers
B had his monthly golf tournament this weekend.  Sadly, his lack of practice due to school starting back and all that we have been through lately, with Nanny, and b's injury last Saturday, it wasn't his best score.  He stayed right with it though, and played a whole round afterward with his best golf buddy, and another round on Sunday, too.  My house is a wreck, and I needed to be home cleaning, but since I was mulling over #2 (above), I chose fun over laundry and mopping.  His swing and score are already looking more like they did back in July.  Which reminds me, I never posted about golf camp.  Argghh.  Need to get to that this week.
Little Brothers

These little guys aren't quite interested in golf yet, but they sure do like the golf cart!
When he wasn't playing golf this weekend, he was watching it.  And writing lists of golfers.  And designing a golf board game with colored tees.  And playing Tiger Woods Golf on the Wii.  And playing Golf2 on my phone.  golf, golf, golf!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Water Hazard

Brodie went on a diving expedition in our pool this afternoon, and this is what he found...
Yep, since our backyard has become golf practice central, many end up in the pool.  Notice the names on a few of these? B labels them with PGA golfers and then plays out scenarios in the yard.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Brodie's First {Golf} Tournament

As I mentioned in previous posts, Brodie is becoming quite the little golfer.  He enjoys practicing in the back yard every day.  He watches golf on TV with his Dad.  He collects golf cards, and studies the players online.
In mid-May, we enrolled him in a Saturday morning golf clinic.
They have a tournament on the first Saturday of every month, so on the first weekend in June, Brodie participated in his first golf tournament.
We tried our best to prepare him prior to the tournament, and be very clear that he was just starting and would be learning how to participate, but would probably not win anything just yet.
At the tournaments, the course is a par 3 and they do a triple bogey max (I actually know what that means now), so the most any player could get on each hole was a "6".  The Canadian advised Brodie that the goal of his first tournament would be to get at least a "5" on one hole.
At first, Brodie got a little frustrated and emotional.  He truly thought that because he had practiced so much, that he was going to go out there and win.  It didn't help that we were paired with a boy and his father who is the GOLF PRO at the local Country Club!
This even stressed the Canadian as he tried to  help B pick clubs and line up for shots.
After 2 holes, Brodie settled down and had a great time.  He even met his goal and got a 5 on the last hole thank God.  After he was finished, he had a snack while we waited for awards.
It was hard for me to watch him eyeing the trophies on the table.  I knew how badly he wanted one.  He asked me about them and stared at them for a long time.
Later, at the awards ceremony, it was even harder for me to watch Brodie sit there and see others presented with trophies when he had practiced so hard and wanted to win one so badly.  
They did have prizes and goody bags for all of the participants, which was nice.
And overall, it was a great experience.  
As I thought about it, this was one of the first true competitions he has been in where there were true winners, unlike soccer, for example, where they don't keep score and everyone gets a trophy at the end of the season.  
Brodie is even more determined, now, to practice hard and hopefully win a trophy one day.  He learned how to try his best, lose with dignity, and celebrate with others.
I just know that one day his name will be at the top of the leader board.
But still, this is one of those times that makes being a Mom, hard.