Monday, October 13, 2014

PGA Invitational {U.S. Kids Golf Regional} {Port St. Lucie, FL}

Brodie had a great time competing in the PGA Invitational Tournament in Port St. Lucie, FL.  On Saturday, he had a strong start posting a 38 for Round 1 and tied for 4th place.  
He was really excited to be only 1 stroke behind Sihan Sandhu, who is an awesome player in his age group.
Later that day, he played several rounds on the par 3 ocurse with friends, swam in the pool, and then enjoyed a boat load of fun and activity at the Family Night events.  We had to drag him out of there after dark.
In retrospect, it might have been too much fun and activity, because Round 2 was not so great.  After seven(yes 7) 3-putts, he fell 9 places and finished tied for 13.  Sandhu won it all.
It is hard to know what to do at these events.  As a parent, you want to let them run around, play and have fun.  They are kids.  We let him stay out too late, play too much golf, and he was truly sore from running and playing so hard at field hockey during family night.  So, did that affect him the next day?  It is hard to say.  I have noticed other parents at major events who limit the play time.  Still I wonder, what if we had made him come in early and rest and he still played bad in Round 2 - he would have missed out on the fun.  But, then of course, what if he had rested and finished top 5 (which was his goal)? Who knows.
Parenthood.  It's tough.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Round 3 Recap #GolfLikeAMann #USKGWorld #USKidsGolfWorldChampionship #Pinehurst

Round 3 Recap #GolfLikeAMann #USKGWorld #USKidsGolfWorldChampionship #Pinehurst 

I didn't go out to watch the final round.  Here's how they looked when I last saw them...
 I stayed back at the hotel with little b and picked up the tournament photos.

Here is Brodie's recap after Round 3...Click here to view

Brodie asked me to take him to the Awards Ceremony, so I did.  It's hard watching your little one have his dreams crushed right before his eyes.  He took it well.

No awards for my little buddy, but he is ranked 82nd in the World (8yr olds), the top 3 from GA, 7 strokes out of top 50, 10 strokes out of top 30. Not too shabby.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Round 2 Recap #GolfLikeAMann #USKGWorld #USKidsGolfWorldChampionship #Pinehurst

Weather conditions were terrible today for Round 2, but Brodie managed to shave a couple strokes off of his previous score.  Once again, the problem is the putting.  
 It is just not there this week.  It is really the only problem with his game at this point.  He is overthinking it and even looks uncomfortable.
Still, Brodie was glad he played better, but disappointed to not score as low as he normally does.                                   Check out a video clip from Round 2 here.

Here is Brodie's Recap  - click here
Round 3 is tomorrow, and he is just hoping to move up as far as he can on the leaderboard, if possible.  Aside from his disappointment with his play, he is really having a great time here, and seems to know that is what is most important.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Round 1 Recap #USKidsGolfWorldChampionship #Pinehurst #GolfLikeAMann

U.S. Kids Golf  World Championship
Pinehurst, NC
8 year old division
Course Assignment:  Mid Pines (back), 9 holes
Tee Time 8:15AM

Today started on a terrible note.  Daddy Caddie phones me from the driving range to say that the pitching wedge was missing.  It was 7:30Am and tee time was at 8:15AM.  I ran down to the front desk, pro shop, practice greens - it was no where to be found.  Loudly praying to St. Anthony (and we are not even Catholic), I started back tracking through the holes he played in practice.  On foot, I ran - 18, 17, 16, 15 - only stopping to ask greens workers if they had seen it.  No luck.  Tee time was in 10 minutes.  I ran back to the clubhouse messaging the guys he played with yesterday to see if it was in their golf bags by mistake.  No answer.
As I was running back up to the clubhouse, I saw the father of one of those boys, and I asked him if he had see the club.  He ran back to check their bag, as I went upstairs to check on little brother.
Unbeknownst to me, he found the club and literally ran it out to the tee box minutes before Brodie had to tee off.  He called me to report they had the club, Brodie was thrilled, and that he hit a great first drive.
The round did not go too well, though, again because of his putting.  Brodie never missed a fairway and was on the green in 2 strokes, but then 3 & 4 putted.  It was sad.  
Brodie was pretty disappointed and went right to work on the putting green after his match.  I felt so bad, I arranged for one of the Golf Pros to spend about an hour working with him.  After their session, Brodie seemed very confident about his putting for tomorrow.  
Daddy Caddie is not so sure.  Shave off one of those putts per hole, and he is in the 30s.  Easy.  But this course is *not* easy, and all the talk this afternoon from parents, caddies, and players has been concerning the difficulty of the greens. Even still, Brodie's 2 buddies from Atlanta played well today.  They both shot 39.  If Brodie can be in contention with them in Atlanta, surely he can do the same here. 
 When they came in from their rounds, Brodie was excited, smiled and congratulated them, but later came up to me with his head down in shame and said, "I am happy for them, but I feel sorta jealous."  I told him that was natural and to try not to feel bad about having those feelings.  They have all spent the evening running and playing and putting and screaming with the other boys from around the world.  I hope they get plenty of rest tonight, because Round 2 starts bright and early tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Great Day at Pinehurst! {U.S. Kids Golf World Championship} {Day 2}

U.S. Kids Golf  World Championship
Pinehurst, NC
8 year old division
Course Assignment:  Mid Pines (back), 9 holes
Brodie had a very busy day at Pinehurst today!  First, there was Player Registration at the Pinehurst Clubhouse.
Then, it was out to the course for some fun golf games and demos.
Later, Brodie had his official practice round.  Thank goodness today went better than yesterday!  He improved to a 46, which is closer to his average of 40-41.  The yardages are a bit longer here at the World Championship, and he is still adjusting to the greens, so we are hoping tomorrow will be even better.
Tonight, as I fought the fight to drag Brodie from the game room to bed upstairs - his tee time is at 8:15AM y'all! - he was getting his things together and said,
 "Mommy, I sure wish I could win World." 
 I told him that I wished he could, too.  
Then he said, "I'm not trying to be negative, but if I don't win, I hope to finish in the top 30."
At this point, I was flooded with emotions.
Over the years I have always been crushed when Brodie would say he wanted to win a big tournament, because I knew it was not likely.  He was always so sure he could do it.  He did not see any limitations.  He thought he could do anything.
Side note:  Please know it is not that I don't believe in my son, but if you are not familiar with the level of competition at these events, it is unreal!   Way more than we could ever compete with.  Kids who travel with personal caddies, trainers, nutritionists, biomechanics coaches, top notch equipment, etc.  
It has always exhausted me and saddened me to see beforehand, the heartbreak that would come later when he didn't win, because he always thought he would finish 1st.
I would have thought that tonight I would have been happy to finally see Brodie set a realistic goal for himself and to see him not set himself up for failure.  
But, I wasn't.
Instead I was so sad and emotional at seeing another shred of his childhood innocence gone.  
I suppose that bit by bit, that time of believing you can be and do anything slips away over the years, as reality sets in.
All that aside, it is truly wonderful to see Brodie enjoying this moment, his moment, in time.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Welcome to Pinehurst! {U.S. Kids Golf World Championship} {Day 1}

U.S. Kids Golf  World Championship
Pinehurst, NC
8 year old division
Course Assignment:  Mid Pines (back), 9 holes

Brodie had an awesome 1st day in Pinehurst!  Here is a quick recap...

We arrived at the historic Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club shortly after lunch and he immediately began warming up for his first unofficial practice round.  Practice did not go well!  He shot a 51 due to many 3 putts - and even one 5 putt - yikes! Daddy Caddy was not thrilled at all.  Brodie took it well, though, and was too busy having fun with his friends to stress about it just yet.
After practice we rushed right over to Pinehurst Village to participate in the Parade of Nations.

This is such a fun event as the kids march through town representing countries from all over the world.

One of our struggles at the World Championship last year and this year, is that Brodie wants to run around, play with his friends, stay up until all hours, scream, yell, and be silly - you know, be a normal 8 year old kid!  We do allow him to do all of those things (except stay up late), but he has to focus on golf some, too - you know, the main reason we came here!?  

Therein lies our struggle as parents.  We want our kid to have fun and be a kid, but we also know that Brodie gets absolutely miserable when he does not play well.  We know that he is not really in contention for a top spot in this competition, however, we also know that it is easier for him to accept this fact when he plays well and does his best.  Where is Mr. Miyagi when you need him>>>"Life is about balance, Daniel-san!"

We are blowing up Twitter and Instagram with pictures this week, hashtagging #GolfLikeAMann, come check us out! :-)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Finally, 1st Place! {US Kids Golf} {Atlanta Spring Tour 2014}

U.S. Kids Golf Atlanta Spring Local Tour 2014
Legacy on Lake Lanier
8 year old division
shot 45, placed 1st!
Since B recently moved up to the 8 year old group in the U.S. Kids Golf Atlanta Tour, he has not been at the top of leader board as before in the 7 year old division.  He and his Daddy Caddy have been working to adjust to the new yardage and figure out new club selections.  Today, everything finally fell into place and he received his first blue medal in the 8 year old division!
 It was a raining, muddy mess on the course at Lake Lanier.  Beautiful, but messy!
Brod has always played well in the rain, but today, it didn't seem he was playing up to the top of his game.  He had a few tough situations, but he stuck with it and hung in there!
We were almost positive that the group behind us was "ahead" score wise, but he just kept playing his game, and focusing on the course.
All of the boys in our group stayed focused, even through the rain and mush.
 Legacy on Lake Lanier isn't an easy course in normal conditions, either.
When the score cards were turned in, Brodie was surprised and excited to see that he and Arden were tied for the lead.  So, we went off to a sudden death playoff at hole #1.
Brodie was fortunate enough to score a Birdie to Win!
Brodie gave his speech and thanked Arden for playing with him.  
It was so much fun to see these two at the top of the leader board together, again. 
Great job guys!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Brodie Mann Hits the Green {Feature Story} {Local News}

One of the local reporters saw Brodie on The Dee Armstrong Show recently, and asked if she could do a story on him.   He had so much fun being interviewed and filmed on the golf course!  You can check out the video here:

She had asked what his most memorable win was, and he shared that it was winning the Atlanta Spring Tour Championship last year at Mystery Valley.  I suppose that is why they labeled him "U. S. Kids Golf Atlanta Tour Champion".  :-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Talking Up the Masters! {Brodie on The Dee Armstrong Show}

Brodie was invited back on The Dee Armstrong Show again this week, this time to talk about the Masters!  
His golfing buddy Triston went with him and they did a great job talking about their picks, "calling out" Rory McIlroy for some "bad" behavior, and making Tiger Woods' favorite Masters breakfast!

Monday, April 7, 2014

25th Davis-Smyre Invitational Golf Classic {Legacy on Lake Lanier}

On Saturday, Brodie and fellow golfer, Triston, were invited to represent Fore Kids Columbus at the 25th Annual Davis-Smyre Invitational Golf Classic, played at Legacy on Lanier.  
Each year, Representative Calvin Smyre provides a generous donation to the Atlanta First Tee and the Fore Kids Columbus junior golf program from funds generated by this event.  
Rep. Smyre acknowledging Atlanta First Tee and Fore Kids Columbus Players.
It was an honor to meet Rep. Smyre and Mr. Walter Dukes, as well as all of the other dignitaries, golfers, and volunteers who helped to make this fabulous event possible.
Everyone was so complimentary and encouraging to the boys throughout the day.  So many of the gentlemen stopped to tell them how much they enjoyed watching their golf swings and game play.
Everyone was surprised at how well these little guys can golf.  They also loved their outfits, too!  Triston was in his traditional Payne Stewart apparel.
Brodie and his Dad, the Canadian, were in coordinating Toronto Blue Jay hats and white Puma golf pants.
It was very nice of Rep. Smyre to invite the boys' dads to come play as their guests as well.  I thought it was fun to see Brodie as the "star" for a change.  Brodie has been to quite a few events where his Dad was the one being recognized for his former play in local professional hockey.
Legacy on Lanier is such a beautiful course and Lake Lanier was a gorgeous backdrop to all of the holes.
At the awards banquet, the boys received golf goodies and giftcards to PGA Superstore. They were so excited!  
It was such a wonderful experience and we are so appreciative for all that this organization/event provides to our local junior golf program.  
Thank you, Rep. Smyre!