Saturday, August 10, 2013

That's Par for the Course!

Fore Kids Columbus
Monthly Junior Golf Tournament
1st place, closest to the pin
After FOUR playoffs to break a tie, B finished 1st in the 
ForeKidsColumbus Monthly Tournament at Godwin Creek Golf Course today. 
He also won the "closest to the pin" award on hole #3. 
Shot a 36 on 9 holes.
That's par, y'all!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

U.S. Kids Golf Atlanta Tour Championship - Summer Tour 2nd Overall {Atlanta Athletic Club}

U.S. Kids Golf
Atlanta Summer Local Tour Championship
Atlanta Athletic Club  
8/6/013
After arriving home on Sunday from a long week at the World Championships in North Carolina, on Tuesday, we headed up to the Atlanta Athletic Club for the Summer Tour Championship.  
It is a swanky private club.  From their website:  "Membership in the Atlanta Athletic Club is by invitation from current members in good standing. A prospective member should be well-known by the sponsoring members."  
Let me respond with a big HA!
 
Brodie was tired (we all were, my heart wasn't in it, especially with school starting the next day), and he had a late tee time at 4:45pm, but he hung in there and played well finishing in fourth. 
We were happy with that, especially since the 2 boys who finished 2 & 3 are actually members of this club so of course they had the "home course advantage".  Brodie actually had them until the last couple of holes, but he lost his focus.
Having missed a tournament this summer, while we were vacationing in Florida, there was no way he could earn enough points to win first in the tour, but he held on to his position and finished 2nd overall.  

It was an interesting summer tour.  We took time off.  He only had 3 golf lessons and no practice.  The matches were on weekdays, and so his Daddy Caddy wasn't always there on the bag to help.  All things considered, it is really amazing what he achieved! 





Saturday, August 3, 2013

US Kids World Championship - Final Round

US Kids Golf World Championship, Pinehurst NC
7 year old Division, Round 3
Pine Needles


HOLE123456789TOTAL
PAR54434534436
YARDS281197170124178285751902001700
STROKES55643446643
SCOREE+1+3+4+3+2+3+5+7+7
Pine Needles (Started on #10)ParBirdieEagleAceBogey

Final round was today.  It was better than yesterday's disastrous Round 2, but he still had some bad luck.
Brodie started a off a little slow, and once again found himself in the sand and the rough.  Still so unreal after never missing a fairway for 4 straight days up to Friday.  Putting is usually Brodie's struggle, not missing the fairway.
He stayed in it though and picked up some momentum with 2 straight birdies on holes 5 & 6 to put himself at +2.  He bogeyed hole 7, but was still okay until hole 8.  In the middle of the 8th, after the boys had made great tee shots, and were all in the middle of the fairway in good position, suddenly, without warning, a golf course worker showed up and started hosing down the green.  The boys had to stop in the middle of the fairway and wait 10 minutes for this process.  We were confused and the Caddies were frustrated.
After this the momentum was gone - for all of them.  
They all made their second shots and the balls went straight into the bunkers, or on the fringe.  Then the balls wouldn't roll across the newly wet green.
Brodie finished that hole with a double-bogey, walked on to number 9, and did the same thing.  
He hit a beautiful drive which unexpectedly took a draw for the sand trap, and landed in a horrible spot by the lip.  
It took him 2 shots to get out.  He said his club face was closed on his first attempt. 
So that's how it ended at Brodie's first World Championship.  He ended up just short of our goal for top half of the leader board of 100 kids.
631Brodie MANN
Columbus, GA - UNITED STATES
+25414943133
In looking at the big picture, Brodie has been playing golf for 18 months.  He has been playing competitively in the US Kids tournaments since February of this year.  Keeping all of that in mind, how can we be too disappointed?
It has been very eye-opening this week, to play with experienced kids who have been competing for years now.  It is unreal to see all of the children who have hired professional caddies who travel with them.  Some children we met from other countries live with their golf coach and practice for 9 hours a day - every day. Some children here in the US are home schooled so that they can spend more time on the golf course for instruction.  Many kids we met from Spain, Canada, South Africa, China, Japan, and India, come here to live during the summer, and for months throughout the year to train for this event and other junior golf tournaments.  It is truly amazing!!
Overall it was a great experience and a lot of fun.  He learned so much and made some friendships that may last a lifetime.  He is already planning for next year and how he can get qualified to return to the 2014 World Championship, and we can only hope next year will be even better!

What's Up At World {US Kids Golf World Championship} {Rounds 1 & 2}

Well, we're still here in NC for the US Kids Golf World Championship. I remember when we first arrived, I thought I might go insane in this hotel room for all of these days, but I have survived.  Brodie says this place is like a DREAM.  He gets to play golf all day - with other kids who also have a passion for the game - and he gets to run around all evening doing "boy stuff" in the game room and throughout the hotel.

I can only imagine what the hotel workers think.  Last night I jokingly posted on facebook, "There is a 7 & 8 year old version of the United Nations running WILD throughout theMid Pines Inn and Golf Club. If there were any ghosts in this place, as we were told, they have surely decided to "cross-over" (i.e. flee in HORROR) to a more peaceful place..."
The boys were truly running through the halls, racing through the rooms, it was crazy!  The teacher in me wanted to take control and command order, but I just went back to my room, left the Canadian in charge, and let them have fun. They are doing the same thing tonight, too.
I had to work anyway.  I am getting quite skilled at teaching from hotel bathrooms!  It's the only quiet place.
Speaking of work, this is the WORST week for me to be out of town.  Our district had to report back to work yesterday (which is RIDICULOUS that we start school so early), so I am missing the 1st 2 days of work and having to take personal leave.  My 2nd job teaching online just started a new term yesterday, too.  LOTS of work to do with that, so here I am trying to get all of that done.  The boys missed School Registration and Blayd missed his 1st Kindergarten ice cream party.  We will get home Sunday and I will be straight to work on Monday and the boys will start school on Wednesday.  Wow.

Okay, back to happier thoughts...
Round 1 was GREAT.  Brodie played AMAZING.  He was even par through the first 5 holes, and finished +5 tied in 26th place.  It was so fun to watch.  And emotional.  I cried behind my sunglasses because I felt like people were praying for us.  
He was excited, although a tad bit disappointed because he wanted to be in the top 20, but it felt wonderful to see him play so well.  Again, our goal is to finish in the top half of the leader board of about 100 kids, so we were real excited to be on track!
Side note:  There was a little boy in our Round 1 group named "Awesome". Seriously.

Then came today and Round 2... 
We cannot figure out what happened today.  It was a disaster.  The strong point of Brodie's golf game, is that he is consistent.  RARELY does he miss a fairway.  I don't think he missed a fairway this whole week.  His struggle is usually putting.  Well today, was simply unreal.  He was in sand traps, he was in the rough, he would make a good shot and then the ball would take a horrible bounce.  It was a nightmare.  It was like some evil force was zapping him at every hole.
I could hardly stand to watch.  It didn't help that the Dad of the other kid in our group kept shouting things to his kid, like, "What's the WORD?!  FAIRWAY!  Yep, that's what I am talking about!"  It was obnoxious. And tacky.  
Let me just assure you that the Manns NEVER act that way when we are winning.  We are always considerate of the other players, and especially if another Dad starts getting ugly with their kid, the Canadian will go out of his way to praise the child just to spite the "jerk-a-saurus" parent.
Anywho, today was a rough one, and it was so very painful to watch B fight back tears and continue playing throughout that round.  He kept his head up, though, and continued to try.  He just could not get anything going.
I kept praying and asking God that since it was apparently not His will for Brodie to do well, to please help him/us through it.  I know God can use bad circumstances and make something good come from them.  It is so hard to see that and remain positive instead of angry when you are in those painful moments. 
And I know in the grand scheme of life, this is not important and I am fortunate that these are my worries right now.  It is TRULY a blessing that my child's biggest worry is his golf game, and I will give THANKS for that.

So, tomorrow is another day, and the Final Round.  Brodie will have to work hard to make it back to the top half of the leader board. He is ready to try.

Friday, August 2, 2013

US Kids World Championship {Pinehurst} Rounds 1 & 2


Round 1 was GREAT.  Brodie played AMAZING.  He was even par through the first 5 holes, and finished +5 tied in 26th place.  It was so fun to watch.
He was excited, although a tad bit disappointed because he wanted to be in the top 20, but it felt wonderful to see him play so well.  Again, our goal is to finish in the top half of the leader board of about 100 kids, so we were real excited to be on track!

HOLE123456789TOTAL
PAR54434534436
YARDS281197170124178285751902001700
STROKES54434744641
SCOREEEEEE+2+3+3+5+5
Pine Needles (Started on #10)ParBirdieEagleAceBogey+

Then came today and Round 2... 
We cannot figure out what happened today.  It was a disaster.  The strong point of Brodie's golf game, is that he is consistent.  RARELY does he miss a fairway.  I don't think he missed a fairway this whole week.  His struggle is usually putting.  Well today, was simply unreal.  He was in sand traps, he was in the rough, he would make a good shot and then the ball would take a horrible bounce.  It was a nightmare.  It was like some evil force was zapping him at every hole.
He kept his head up, though, and continued to try.  He just could not get anything going.  He dropped 33 places on the leader board down to the 60s.
Tomorrow is the Final Round.  Brodie will have to work hard to make it back to the top half of the leader board. He is ready to try.


HOLE123456789TOTAL
PAR54434534436
YARDS281197170124178285751902001700
STROKES75635846549
SCORE+2+3+5+5+6+9+10+12+13+13
Pine Needles (Started on #10)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Go Time {US Kids Golf World Championship}

Well, practice time is over and round one begins in the morning.  Brodie is sacked out.  He and a pack of kids from all over the world have literally ran themselves to death ALL over this inn.  They played hide-n-seek, chase, pool, ping-pong, etc.  They are having such a good time!
His official practice round went well this morning, and he played with kids from the UK and Wyoming.  He is as ready as he can be for tomorrow!  
His tee time is at 1:30 for Round One. We are a little bummed that a torrential downpour has started.  Don't get me wrong, Brodie plays very well in the rain and in messy conditions, however, when you are in a "lift-clean-and-place" situation, some caddies will take lots of liberties.  We are just praying for the best!
Now is the time when I start to feel SAD and SICK.  My heart just hurts for Brodie.  We have tried to explain that our goal is for him to do his best, hopefully finish in the top half of the leaderboard, etc., but deep down I know how bad he wants to win.  It is such a hard thing.  You don't want to crush your kid's hopes and tell him there really is no chance to win, but at the same time, you know the hurt that lays ahead when it all comes to pass and he sees for himself that he isn't going to win.  AGONY.
Tonight, it is my prayer that Brodie will play his best game.  I pray that he will be satisfied with his performance.  I pray that the rain holds off and conditions stay playable.  I pray that everyone plays fair.  I ask that the LORD would give the Canadian the right words to use and good judgement in caddying, and I pray that He will give me the right words to say to help Brodie through the disappointments to come.  In all circumstances, I give thanks for this wonderful time and experience and I trust that He will make ALL things work together for Brodie's good. 
Amen.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good
of those who love Him and are called according to his purpose for them.
~Romans 8:28

Terrific Tuesday at US Kids World!

What a busy day we have had in Pinehurst, NC!  We were up very early to take the Canadian to the Daddy Caddy Seminar at the historic Carolina Hotel.  The author of the book Daddy Caddy on the Bag was there to speak to them as well as US Kids Golf personnel.
Then it was off for another practice round at Pine Needles.  I stepped in a photo for once so you will know I am really here - haha.  The Canadian's no photog, and I would rather be behind the camera instead of in front of it as haggard as I am these days.
Today's round was better than yesterday, so we hope tomorrow will be even better!  Brodie was paired with a local Carolina boy today, and a Canadian from Winnipeg.  
Both were very talented!  The Canadian, who is almost 8, said he placed 4th at World last year.  I marvel at that since he cannot play year 'round up there in the Great White North except in indoor facilities.
I am sad that I forgot my zoom lens.  I also forgot my camera charger and the computer charger.  Both of which I had to buy replacements for at Best Buy - let's just say it was an expensive oversight on my part. :(
Anywho, poor Blayd is still struggling along.  He looked like this by the 4th hole today. Waiting around quietly is just not his cup of tea.  He did actually pick up a club later, but it was just so he could be distracting and hit balls at my head.  For reals.....
After practice, we had to zoom on over to the Pinehurst Resort for Player Check-in.  It was SO much fun.  They make such a big deal of it!!
I love the banners everywhere, and these were some of my favorites...
There was a great deal of arguing over being forced to pose for all of these pictures today.  I did the best I could through the aggravation!  
It was chaotic in there, but he received a goodie bag full of stuff, had his picture made for the jumbotron, and more!
Later it was time for the big parade from Pinehurst Golf Resort through town and into the Village of Pinehurst.
It was HOT and crowded and crazy - but fun! :)  There were firetrucks, local dignitaries,  beauty queens, and former champions in the parade - but I have no pictures of that!  The players followed and they/we all paraded into town and they held the Opening Ceremonies in the commons area.
Afterward, we came back to the Inn and Brodie had a blast in the game room and playing hide-and-go seek with a bunch of kids and his new buddy from Spain.  Blayd and I hung out in our room so he could work on some drawings and videos, and I had ironing to do.  The Canadian is with some dads in the lounge - STILL (it is after midnight). You know he won't ever leave anywhere until they kick him out. I hope he remembers they have a 9:30 tee time in the morning.