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!