Luckily, B had a strong start in Round 1.
With a 78, he was tied in first place with another player from Florida.
Regardless of the outcome on day 2, why not celebrate the joy and excitement of the first round?
We were excited.
78 was B's lowest score in a USKG 18 hole event. Also, B has never won a major championship before. In his last 3 years at USKG Georgia State, he has finished 2nd, 3rd, and then last year, 4th. It seemed like this year he may have a chance.
Unfortunately, it didn't work out.
B lost the lead in round 2, and finished 3rd. Essentially 2 strokes away from a win and 1 stroke away from World qualification. He was devastated.
So was I.
Junior golf is hard on the heart of a Mama.
Unlike some other sports, there are no "everyone wins and gets a trophy" scenarios in junior golf - and I don't think there should be. But, that doesn't take away the pain of watching your kiddo hurt as they suffer through a loss.
Golf will do that to you.
Feelings cannot be trusted. Especially in the game of golf.
This goes for players upset with themselves, and parents upset at seeing their kids suffer.
If you have kiddos struggling with perfectionism (which are often drawn to the game of golf), you have to purposefully take a breath, step back, and look at the big picture. Set smaller, more attainable goals. Find the positives to celebrate.
So B didn't qualify for World, it was sad. But, he had a blast for 24 hours while he was in the lead. He put together 2 great rounds. He finished 3rd in the state. He played with some great friends and super talents.
That is something to celebrate.