Junior Golf: Goals Set And Met

In today’s Monday Mulligan we will look at part of the strategy your daughter and you, Dad and Mom, must utilize to have a successful junior golf career. Of course, success is subjective and there are different levels of it. (photo jennleforge.com)img_0135-1

It was always about this with S3, Linda and me regarding his junior golf goals, going to college on a golf scholarship and getting a degree. Yes, once he decided that he loved golf enough to really work at it, then Linda and I agreed to do everything we could to support him in his efforts to improve his game and pursue his dreams.

Friday, May 20, 2016, S3 walked across the stage at Texas A&M International University and was awarded his BBA, Bachelor in Business Administration degree. There are no adequate words to describe this moment from a parent’s perspective. It is the culmination of years of dreams and goals, highs and lows, and every possible emotion as we went down this path together. And now the time has come. And when his name was called and properly pronounced, thank you TAMIU, the 10 of us in attendance yelled and screamed and whooped and hollered and it was great!

As I walked up to him after the ceremony, teary-eyed, he looked at me and said, “I did it, Dad.” And I said, “Yes, you did Sammie and I could not be more proud of you! I love you very much!” Mom and Dad I cannot tell you how unbelievable this moment is! This is what being a parent is all about and you too can have this moment with your daughter or son.

It may be that your junior golfer is not even 10 years old and you’re saying, college golf, that’s like a million years from now. Well, time flies and the time to get serious about college golf will be upon you before you realize it. If your child loves golf and you are willing to support her you must work together to set some goals which can be intertwined with her dreams. Dream big and start dreaming and planning now!image

Here are S3’s college golf goals that we all came up with as he began junior high school:
To attend college on a golf scholarship
To get a college degree
To elevate the school’s men’s golf program
To improve his own golf skills

Please note that these are in order of importance. Once committing to a school, the degree always came 1st, period. Then, being a team player and finally his own golf game. S3 was recruited by TAMIU to be the foundation on which to build a solid men’s golf program and a number of excellent junior golfers have joined him at TAMIU and the men’s golf program is becoming more competitive every year. It has been an incredible 4 years that has flown by at rocket speed!

See you on #1 tee, dreaming about playing college golf… Sam

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