Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Waiting Game {US Kids Golf World Championship} {Update 2}

Brodie played a full practice round at Pine Needles today.  This is the course where the 7 & 8 year olds will play.  There are over 1800 kids here in Pinehurst, NC, so they have them spread out at various courses to be able to fit everyone in.  The actual Tournament Headquarters for check-in, tournament-related activities, etc., is at Pinehurst Resort.  The older kids will play on those courses at the main resort.

Practice was okay today - not horrible, but not B's best round either.  He will have 2 more practice rounds, one tomorrow and one Wednesday.  Plenty of time to adjust few things.  Of course we are not expecting Brodie to win at this level, but we want to help him do his best and finish as high on the list as possible.  As a broad 1st time goal, we are shooting for the top half of the leader board. 
Of course we will just have to wait and see what happens.
He did have a great time at practice playing with Juan from Mexico and with "Billy" from Taiwan.  We found out later that "Billy" is not his real name, but apparently they tell people that because it is easier to pronounce.  I knew something was fishy when the parents introduced themselves as "Justin" and "Linda".  I might have bought "Linda" but JUSTIN??!  from Taiwan?? Um, NAW!  haha

 Juan was an awesome little player and shot one under today!  He had his golf coach with him, so it is certainly an advantage when your coach is there reading the greens, selecting clubs, helping tee the ball, etc., but I don't mention that to take anything away from Juan, because he is a great little player. :)
I had some really CUTE pictures of all of them practicing today - but I was foiled AGAIN by my new fancy camera that does NOT tell you when you don't have your SD card in.  It lets you happily snap away, never knowing treasured memories are clicking by unsaved.  FRUSTRATING. So, I have NO photos from the golf game today, except a few phone shots.
After practice, the boys hit the game room again and played our "youtube version" of Just Dance Wii.  It is funny that no matter what nationality, they all seem to know Gangnam Style and Michael Jackson.
The game rooms in general, are a HUGE hit.  One father told me that when his son learned he would be coming to World again, he exclaimed, "I can't wait to get back over there and get to those game rooms!"  I see that happening with us as B has been obsessed with getting to the game room to see if anyone is there.  Both resorts, Mid-Pines, where we are staying, and Pine Needles, where he is playing, have a game room.  The kids are seriously crazy about them!
Some of the adults might be too...like the Canadian, who finally had to take on a 9 year old French Ping Pong Master, and Yours Truly, who in true 'me' fashion may or may not have sprained my hand on the Foosball table against a German kid.  I really should leave all sports to the professionals.
Even b has enjoyed the game room fun.  I think that is because he is sooo tired of waiting around all day at the golf course.
He is bored out of his mind and there are only so many things you can do when you are having to wait, wait, and wait some more.  
I have been feeling bad for him.  
Until this evening when he decided to streak the place.  
We were in the game room when suddenly Brodie started yelling, "Mommy have you SEEN Blayd?!  He's STREAKING!!" 
If you have read our family blog with any regularity, or if you know us at all, you know my littlest isn't a fan of clothes in general, and loves a good naked run. I still shudder when I think of that day I looked up and saw him running out on the soccer field wearing only a pull-up...
He cut a path through the middle of Brodie's soccer game (in play) and headed for the gate.  With lots of people around.  Staring.  SIGH.
I can only imagine what other parents must say about my Mom skills behind my back.
On another note, looking at that picture I am suddenly thinking, 2 years ago, wow!  
He was only 3 then.
And now he is 5.
And will be starting Kindergarten.
I am so not ready for that!!
And I won't think about that now, I'll go crazy if I do, I'll think about that tomorrow!
Except that I won't have time to think about it, since we have a Daddy Caddy Seminar at 8:15AM, official check-in and photos, a full practice round, demos, and a parade and dance party..and on that note, I'd better go get some rest!!
Good night from NC.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Welcome to World {US Kids Golf World Championship}

We made it!
This week, I am going to attempt to blog from Pinehurst, North Carolina, as we are with Brodie at the U.S. Kids World Golf Championship.  I have no idea if I will actually be able to keep up, as our schedule could get crazy!!
Today, Brodie had a quiet practice at the Pine Needles facility, where he met a new friend from India, Shubham Jaglan.  I googled this kid, and he is the son of a dairy farmer who taught himself to golf by watching youtube videos.  Apparently his government now supports his golf, and he has even met and played with various PGA players.  This is a cute old clip I found of him.
Later, in the gameroom of the Mid-Pines Inn, Brodie met Augustin Valery from Paris, France, and Caleb George from South Africa.  It appears as though Caleb's government helps him play as well.  Augustin was featured in the documentary The Short Game which was filmed here last year.  
Brodie is keeping a list of all of the different people he meets and the countries they are from.
All in all - pretty cool!
Blayd has been keeping himself busy as well!  He spent some time in the gameroom playing me in pool,  Foosball,  and then he designed a game of his own called something I can't even remember right now - too tired. 
But of course his favorite thing was having the public computer all to himself so he could work on his ongoing obsessive-compulsive Spongebob video research.
Yes, Spongebob still annoys me and uses words we don't use.  I don't know why I always feel the need to add that disclaimer.  I feel like some people probably judge me on the whole Spongebob thing, but it is one of the battles I choose "not to pick" from time to time.
Both boys have enjoyed romping around the Mid-Pines Innan old historic place, built in 1921.  It is rather like a maze of corridors and staircases, with circular walls and hallways.  I hope to get to share more about it this week. 
I told the boys I was sure their were ghosts and so they should not yell and run about so as not to wake them (haha).   The minute I said this, the Canadian freaked out and said, "Don't SAY that!  That is the first thing I thought of when we came in this place!"  It does have an eerie old creepy charm.  Something about it makes me thing of The Shining.  Isn't that a pleasant thought??  haha
I am not sure whether or not I believe in ghosts.  Well, if I am being honest, I kinda always have.  But one thing my Mother always told me still rings true, why be afraid of ghosts that can't really harm you - it's the live people you have to worry about!  ha!  I suppose she meant that to be comforting to my young, overactive mind.
I can certainly say I have lived long enough now to see and experience certain episodes of severe pain.  Ongoing pain. Deep down pain.  The kind you only bleed from on the inside, or at least it certainly feels like you must certainly be bleeding, because nothing can hurt that bad without bloodshed.  And there have been no ghosts involved.  In my life, this kind of pain is always caused by live people, and sadly usually inflicted by the ones we love most.
Good night friends.

Monday, July 15, 2013

US Kids Georgia State Championship at Callaway Gardens

After 2 Rounds of play on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 & 14, 
Brodie placed 2nd/Runner Up in the State Championship.

He did not play his "best" golf, but considering that he has not had lessons this summer and hasn't practiced very much, we were proud of his accomplishment.
 Of course he was a bit disappointed, and really wanted to win.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

U.S. Kids Golf Hole-in-One Club

Today, Brodie received an exciting package in the mail.  It was his "Hole-in-One" Club certificate and a box of U.S. Kids Yellowballs.  Brodie is the first person to have hit a Hole-in-One with the Yellowball which was just launched earlier this year.

Monday, July 1, 2013

US Kids Tournament - The Standard Club

U.S. Kids Atlanta Summer Local Tour
Don't let the smile fool you, this kid shot a 40 today, on a difficult course, made a beautiful long putt for birdie, tied for 1st, went to sudden death playoff, lost by one stroke, teared up and called himself the worst loser ever, and says it's useless, he'll never be good at golf!