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.