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Junior Golf: Here’s A Look At What Is Possible

In today’s Monday Mulligan we’ll take a look into the future, a peek at what is a distinct possibility for your junior golfer’s future.

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It’s that very busy time of year. The end of school and all the functions that go along with it. It’s also a time for golf playoffs. High schools are wrapping up, but colleges are still playing.

Today starting at 3:00pm, Central Time, The Golf Channel is airing the Women’s NCAA Division-I National Championship. These are the best female college golfers in the world. There are a considerable number of hours devoted to this event culminating with the National Championship Match Play Finals on Wednesday afternoon.

Please record this. Although the format may sound a bit confusing, it’s really not. There are 54 holes of team stroke play. An individual champion is crowned after the completion of the stroke play, then the low 8 teams advance to the match play championship round concluding with the finals on Wednesday afternoon.

This year’s weather has created very tough scoring conditions. Watch some of the video and you’ll see what it means to “gut it out.” These girls are tough. Golf is always fun when it’s 75-degrees and sunny. Sometimes we forget about those cold, rainy, windy days when we still have to perform. You’re cold. You’re soaking wet and somehow you have to still play better than everybody else in the field. Yikes!

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This year’s champion will be composed of a bunch of very determined girls. They had to tough it out in some of the worst weather they’ve likely ever played in, but again, that’s what champions are made of, right?

Please set your DVR. This is good stuff, no, it’s great stuff and you and your daughter and son, as well, should watch. It will be inspirational. If you don’t have The Golf Channel on your TV package, now is the time to add it.

See you on #1 tee looking forward to playing college golf… Sam

Junior Golf: The First Step To College Golf

In this Friday Flop Shot we will look at how to make that 1st move, that first step down the path to college golf. Every plan must have a beginning, so here we go.

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Your son/daughter has a family team with them as they pursue their junior golf career. Sisters and brothers are also part of the team even though their responsibilities may be more subtle than Dad and Mom’s. The whole family is the team.

What is a team’s number one function: to provide support for the player! The support starts right here. The road to college golf begins right here. The team must all be on the same page!

How do you begin?
First Mom and Dad must agree that you would like/expect your junior golfer to attend college.
Then you should look at the time and money involved in supporting your junior golfer’s career in a strong enough manner to promote him/her as golf scholarship material. Expect college to cost more than you ever imagined. S3’s golf scholarship money was extremely helpful in paying for his college expenses!


Parents you must then be in agreement that college golf will be the long-term goal of your kiddo’s junior golf career.

Next it’s time to bring your junior golfer on board that he is expected to go to college and the most fun way to attend would be as a scholarship golfer and that the family will support him in every way to help him get there. He must also do his part however, because this is a 2-way street.


Now bring the siblings on board
. Please make sure they know that you will support them in their endeavors every bit as much as you will support your young golfer. Their main role is to do their own thing without disrupting other family events and functions. They don’t need to be cheerleaders, they just need to go with the flow.

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This will get you started. There will be a ton of questions. Single parents please seek wise counsel. Talk to parents who have had scholarship athletes and get their input. Parents of other junior golfers may have some decent advice. Talk to people whose advice you respect and trust. Get as much information as you can. College scholarships are a big deal and are well worth the time you spend pursuing them.

Not every kiddo needs to attend college, but those who are talented high school athletes are different. They have a chance to go to college and have some of those costs paid for by the university they will attend. This is unique and special. Please accept this as so. Having a scholarship can, for some kids, be the difference in going, or not going, to college.

And Parents, getting a college degree is a life goal and going to school on a golf scholarship is an even higher life goal! So please get your whole crew on board and let’s get started on the path to college golf.

See you on #1 tee playing for a scholarship… Sam

Junior Golf: Think You Can Play-Seriously Consider D-II

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will enter the world of NCAA terminology and offer some solid points for your son/daughter to take a serious look at playing for an NCAA Division II school.

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Here’s a brief summary of the 3 NCAA divisions and how they are different in relation to scholarship offers for college golf. D-I: biggest schools. They offer partial men’s scholarships. If your junior golfer is not in the phenom category, forget it. D-II are smaller schools. They offer partial men’s scholarships which can be combined with academic scholarships. Can’t do this in D-I. S3’s college TAMIU was about 9,000 students. D-III are mostly private schools which do not offer athletic scholarships. They basically reduce the private tuition, making it close to what equivalent public tuition would be.

At some point in every junior golfer’s career they are infatuated with playing D-I college golf. Everyone wants to play against the best, right? Not so fast. In case you hadn’t noticed, there is always plenty of competition every time your boy/girl tees it up in a tournament and there is only room for very few of them in D-I. There’s a ton of D-II schools with excellent golf opportunities.

While there were a couple of D-I schools on S3’s short list, he, and it was ultimately his decision, decided that D-II was the route to go and he felt like TAMIU was where he was supposed to be. It also worked out well financially since his partial athletic scholarship could be combined with some academic money to relieve some of the financial burden.

TAMIU’s men’s golf program has improved every year starting in the 2012-2013 season. More competitive players were joining the team and higher finishes in tournaments were becoming more common. The program was moving forward, exciting!

Today is the final round of the NCAA D-II Super Regionals in Stockton, California. TAMIU is there, 1st time ever, and making a solid showing. Being 3-under par as a team after 36 holes puts TAMIU in 13-th place out of 20 teams and they are the highest ranked school from their conference, The Heartland Conference. Check out the link above to see details of the scoring.

What score is in 1-st place? Put on your seat belts Mom and Dad, it’s 29 under par by California Baptist University of Riverside, California. Say what? 29-under, that’s crazy! Yes, it is, but these young men can play!

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Any time a team or an individual shoots under par in an event, it is a solid performance. To win however, it takes a great performance. To get to great or winning efforts, one needs to grow from the solid ones. Hopefully solid will grow into great.

So parents, please give D-II a hard look. There should be a number of excellent choices for your kiddo and there’s always plenty of competition. S3’s four years at NCAA D-II, TAMIU, were great, absolutely wonderful!

See you on #1 tee, choosing D-II, ready to compete… Sam

Junior Golf: Community Service

In this Friday Flop Shot we will look at an area of responsibility that is often overlooked or barely addressed. Community Service is a critical part of being a good citizen and of being a proper athlete. (photo offcoursegolf.com)img_0106

For those Moms and Dads who have not yet filled out a college application, guess what? There’s a section on community service and it’s important, particularly for those seeking an athletic or academic scholarship.

Colleges want to get the best kids possible and while grades, SAT scores and athletic accomplishments are important, community service can be a major tie-breaker.

There are dozens of activities in your daughter’s area that qualify as community service. A few examples are helping out with special needs kids or at senior citizen activities, being in the church choir or orchestra, helping at civic events, picking up trash in parks or along the roads, and for junior golfers, being a volunteer at area golf tournaments/sporting events. There are a ton of options!

1 very special event that our church has done for 5 or 6 years now is Feed My Starving Children. It is a Christian non-profit which sends dehydrated prepackaged nutritious meals to 70 countries all around the world. FMSC gets no government funds. Individuals donate money which goes towards purchasing the ingredients and equipment required for packaging and packing, which is done at sites all over the US. Linda and I just completed our shift last night and over 3 days our teams will have packaged and shipped 544,320 meals, enough to feed 1,492 kids for a year! And that’s just from 1 church in San Antonio, Texas!image

Sometimes you might wonder what really is the fruit of your efforts? Well, I was in an airport waiting to be called to a flight and while conversing with a group next to me, it turned out they had been on a mission trip to Haiti. I mentioned FMSC and their faces lit up! They had been distributing FMSC food in Haiti! Small world!

Parents, community service can be life-changing and the younger you start your kids in it the more impact it can have on them and their friends and on you too. There is really nothing like helping those in need!

See you on #1 tee with a giving spirit… Sam

Junior Golf: Recognition For Achievement

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we will take a look at how Dad and Mom should respond when your daughter has a good result from some of her efforts. Depending on her personality type the perfect parental response can vary, but all 4 personalities can be addressed in a similar manner. (photo golfdigest.com)img_0102-1

Please remember that Linda and I are not sports psychologists, we are parents relating our experiences with our son. Linda is certified as an Advanced Personalities Trainer and is a Board Certified Christian Life Coach. Basically our kids do not want to disappoint us so conversely when they accomplish a good goal, say a high placement in a tournament, we should dutifully give them positive recognition. If your daughter is of the peaceful personality she would prefer to be told in front of close family only, not really in front of a bunch of people. Now the popular girl would like these words announced to the world, she wants everybody to know she did well. A directive child may already have told you how well she performed, but you still need to tell her yourself. And the perfect personality, who may be wondering if you are capable of understanding what a great job she did, still needs to hear from you, but just a few words, as below. More specifics on the personalities in future posts.

Being recognized by someone meaningful, as in a parent, just really makes your child feel good. A great phrase would be: “Great job Ashley, all your hard work really paid off!” There are a lot of meaningful words in this short sentence. Think about it, your kiddo wants to know that you know they did a good job and you approve, that’s it.

imageSo our most recent and biggest achievement by S3 is of course, his timely 4-year college graduation May 20, 2016. This was the major goal of all those wonderful years of junior golf and he did it! So after he walked the stage, we said all these words and more, it was an amazing moment! For an effort of this magnitude, Linda and I wanted to offer a nice trip as a recognition and reward. We asked if he preferred going with a friend or being with the 2 of us. When he said, “Mom and Dad I want to spend some time with you.” Our hearts melted. We’ll have a look at this trip of trips in the next post.

See you on #1 tee looking to accomplish something… Sam

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

Junior Golf: The WGC

imageThere are a number of organizations associated with golf that are commonly identified by their combination of letters or by their acronyms. Today in our Friday Flop Shot we will take a look at the WGC and what it means for your junior golfer.

Many years ago Arnold Palmer’s father told him that to be a truly great golfer he, Arnold, had to be great around the world, not just in the US. Back then, pros were from Europe, the US, a few African countries, and from a couple of Asian countries. Basically, worldwide during this era meant the US and Europe. (offcoursegolf.com)

So Arnold started playing in The British Open, now referred to as The Open Championship and won it in 1961 and 1962. This was a time when the winner’s purse did not pay the travel expenses from the US and many American players would not enter. As with so much of his positive impact on the sport, Arnold’s entering and winning and of course his wonderful likeability and charisma helped propel The Open Championship to a higher number of US players, larger purses and its proper level of prestige and status.

The World Golf Championship is in effect the culmination of the promotion of golf as a worldwide sport. Today is day 2 of The WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. These prestigious events consist of the top 50 men in the world rankings plus a few additional winners of specific events and players from some specific team events. In any case it is a limited field compared to most PGA tournaments that have about 150 players. (pinterest.com)

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You and your son will enjoy watching this tournament. This is a legendary course with many of the top players in the world teeing off. And this is a rare opportunity to see some highly ranked world players who are not well-known in the US. The WGC events get a lot of high profile attention because they are in between regular tour events and majors. Big status, big money and FedEx Cup points!

Set the recorder for the Golf Channel today and the Golf Channel and NBC for Saturday and Sunday. This is a special event on a renowned and legendary course. Enjoy!

See you on #1 tee looking worldly… Sam

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