Sunday, September 27, 2015

Busy Golf Weekend! {USKG} {No Bad Grass} {Tour Championship}

We had a busy weekend filled with golf activities.  Brodie prepped with a practice round on Friday with a friend at our local course.  We are so glad he finally has some school friends who now play golf. I am sure the older he gets, the more local friends he will have to play golf with.
On Saturday we were up early and hit the road to Villa Rica, GA for a U.S. Kids Golf Atlanta Tour local event.  It rained the entire time, but Brodie didn't complain.
Daddy Caddie has a saying, "There's no bad grass."
This comes from his old hockey days when the saying was, "There's no bad ice," meaning everyone has to play from the same circumstances, so don't complain or make excuses, just play!
We are not usually concerned about rain, unless it means a stop in play or delay of tournament. Aside from that, Brodie tends to play well in the rain.  A real "mudder". :-)  
Saturday was no different, and he finished the round at even par.  Surprisingly, he still had to compete in a playoff for 1st place, as another competitor was even at 36 as well.
The playoff hole was rough for both of them, but Brodie won.  We were so happy for him since he hasn't had a 1st place win in a long while.
On Sunday, we were back on the highway up to Atlanta, to the Fedex Cup final, the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake.  We love that this event is so close to home, and we try to attend every year.
Brodie was thrilled of course, but Blayd wasn't ecstatic.  Although Blayd enjoys golf and likes to dress like Jordan Spieth, he wanted to spend his day off from school at home with Super Mario. 
We were so impressed at the new addition of the Kid's Corner this year.  This is a gated area for kids to wait for autographs from their favorite players.  This is such a great idea, as our kids have been trampled in years past by adults looking to get autographs - most of which are only wanting things signed so they can go sell it on ebay.
The boys stayed here most of the day, waiting and waiting.  Luckily, most of their favorite players were kind enough to stop this year.  Rickie Fowler spent a good deal of time signing this year, as did many others.
We did wait until the bitter end in hopes of catching Jordan Spieth, especially since he is Blayd's favorite, but he did not sign autographs.  A swarm of security and PR folks rushed him past the kids into the clubhouse.  He did throw out a ball and yelled that he'd be back out, but unfortunately when he finally did come our, after a long, long wait, the swarm again took him right past all of the kids and fans who were waiting, taking him directly to the parking lot.
So....we took this picture and called it a night!
Blayd was so funny because he had been practicing and planning to say, "Hi Mr. Spieth!  May I please have your glove?"  He also wanted to show him that he was dressed like "little Jordan" and he drove me crazy continuously asking if his belt was on straight, because he wanted it all to be perfect when Jordan came out.  Maybe next year. :-)
Although Jordan Spieth clinched the title, the real story of the day at East Lake was the mud. Although it wasn't raining, the ground was a mess.  Everywhere you looked, people were covered in mud, many up to their knees.  A few women had on rain boots.  Clearly they were not rookies and/or had inside information.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

U.S. Kids Golf World Championship 2015 {Round 3}

U.S. Kids Golf World Championship
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Age 9 Division
Course:  Pinehurst No.1

It was a blistering hot Saturday in Pinehurst, North Carolina, as Brodie and Daddy Caddie set out for a 1:12PM tee time on Pinehurst No. 1.  After yesterday's disappointing round, they were focused on trying to go low and meet their goal of Top 50 overall for the tournament.
Daddy Caddie reported that Brodie played a solid round, never missing a fairway.  He had a few short game struggles and seemed extremely tired on the last few holes, but he managed to shoot his lowest round of the tournament, a 78.  It was enough to meet their goal as Brodie ended the U.S. Kids World Championship T50.  
Top 50 in the world (age 9 division), not too shabby!!!

Friday, July 31, 2015

U.S. Kids Golf World Championship 2015 {Round 2}

Can you tell by the look on their faces?  Round 2 did not go so well.  Daddy Caddie reports that Brodie had a rough start on the the 1st hole nine holes and a war between the two of them ensued.

If you are familiar with junior golf, you know there is always a love-hate relationship between fathers and sons (or Moms, and daughters) whichever the case may be).
They still love each other, though!
After the disastrous 44 on the first 9 holes (holes 10-18), he pulled himself together and shot a 37 on the last 9 (holes 1-0).  Luckily, he didn't fall too far position wise, but he did move down from T51 to T57.  
Daddy Caddie learned a few lessons, such as arriving earlier to ensure ample time for warm-ups.  He didn't realize that starting on hole 10 meant they had to be shuttled out 25 minutes early.  This mistake meant Brodie didn't have time for any putting practice. He also said that he cost Brodie at least 3 strokes today due to bad club decisions.
So all in all, today was disappointing, but not terrible.  And Brodie was over it in about 10 minutes and has been running wild playing chase and hide-n-go-seek all evening.
Round 3 coming up tomorrow!

U.S. Kids Golf World Championship 2015 {Round 1}

Brodie had a slight slow start to Round 1 with a bogey on the first hole, but he battled out the rest of the round shooting a 79 on Pinehurst #1.
79 is a great score, however, at this level of competition it is only good enough for T51 out of 140 kids. 😉
Brodie was happy with his play overall.  He missed several birdie putts, which he hopes to improve upon today in Round 2.
Yesterday, his tee time was 7:48AM, but today it is closer to 1pm-which means it will be hotter! ☀️ Of course our Georgia Boy isn't afraid of heat, but we are hoping he stays hydrated and strong through the round!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

U.S. Kids Golf World Championship 2015!

We arrived at Pinehurst a little later this year, because Brodie was playing in his local Club Championship on Monday and Tuesday.  We missed the Parade of Nations by about 30 minutes, but we streamed the feed on Periscope in the car.
Technology can be awesome! 😉
We finally arrived and the boys were able to enjoy the festivities in the Village at Pinehurst.
On Wednesday, we went to Pinehurst Resort for registration.
There were some fun items in the swag bag this year. 😊 
The Honda characters were handing out goodies and taking fun pictures.
It is hard to believe this is his 3rd World Championship. Each year it will be harder and harder to qualify.
Time goes by way too fast for this golf Mom!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Maple Ridge Club Championship

Brodie played in the Maple Ridge Junior Club Championship this week. It was 2 nine hole rounds on Monday and Tuesday.  He really enjoyed making new friends and playing with some local kids his age.

He shot a 36 in round one. He was pretty excited to eagle hole 7.  In round 2 he was 1 under par, shooting a 71 overall to finish in 1st place!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GSGA Summer 2015

Georgia State Golf Association
Junior Sectional Events
West Section

Brodie played in 4 of the 5 GSGA West Section tournaments this summer.
These are always fun events and it is nice that they are close to home!
This year he won 2 of the 4 events and placed 2nd in the other 2.
Because he and Triston (ages 9 & 8) were the points leaders in the 11 and under group, they were invited to the GSGA Junior Sectional Challenge Match, to represent the West Section.
Unfortunately, Brodie did not play well and had to battle through both rounds of this 2 day tournament.  Daddy Caddie reported that the course was a bit long for them.  
That's just part of it, though, when you are playing against the big boys! :-)