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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: Highlights From Yesterday’s Anger Seminar

In this Monday Mulligan we’ll look at some feedback we received during and after yesterday’s anger seminar we held at The First Tee of Greater San Antonio.image

As we anticipated, the room was overflowing. As our Parenting Junior Golfers seminars have become a regular part of TFTGSA’s calendar more of the parents and their young golfers now put us on their schedule. (image jennleforge.con)

The topic was Anger: Manage It, followed Dr Nick Askey’s presentation of lacrosse ball exercises to gain mobility in the upper neck, back and shoulders. Great stuff!

Here are a few of the less obvious situations with anger:
1. Many junior golfers will have issues with anger, both boys and girls. If you and your junior golfer do not have to address anger issues, ever, count you both as extremely blessed.
2. How to handle it when a member of your son’s playing group loses it to anger. We were excited to have S3 with us and when I asked him how many times he encountered this in tournaments, he said, “A lot. It can suck the life out of the whole group so it can be really hard to stay on your game.” Then I asked what can you do? S3 said, “Get away from him. Walk to the other side of the fairway, put some space between the 2 of you. You might try saying something, but it probably won’t work and you must be careful not to offer coaching or advice. Say to yourself, now I must take a breath, try to remain calm and continue to hit good shots. It’s tough and a real test of your ability to focus.” (image Collins Golf Bar)

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3. Another question for S3, “What is a college coach’s reaction when he sees a junior golfer exhibit anger?” S3’s reply, “He’ll quit watching your son and start watching someone else. He may remove your son’s name from his list of recruits. That coach has hundreds of kids who want that same spot on his golf team and he doesn’t need to deal with anger issues with anyone on his team.” S3 still talking, “You will play in a lot of events where college coaches are present but you don’t even know they are there. Always be on your best behavior!”

Anger in junior golf is a genuine issue. And parents, plenty of you have anger issues as well, so please don’t think you are immune. Please remember that Linda and I are not sports psychologists or PGA professionals. We are parents sharing our experiences over 17 years of our youngest son’s junior golf and college golf careers.

See you on #1 tee looking happy to be playing golf… Sam

Junior Golf:Make More Time For Golf

In today’s Monday Mulligan we have a found an easy way to make more time for golf, particularly now that there is less daylight in the afternoon and early evening.image
How on earth does a parent find more time for practice or play when everybody’s day is already full? It gets dark by 5:30 or 6:00pm and there’s dinner and homework so how can you expand the clock to get the additional hours of golf time? (image jennleforge.com)
Gary Player talks about his youth, working as a teenager at the local country club. It opened at 7:00am so Gary always arrived an hour early, at 6:00am and spent the whole hour hitting shots out of the sand trap. This is, of course, how Mr. Player became legendary as the greatest “bunker/sand” shot maker in the history of golf. Nothing like hitting bunker shots at least 5 hours a week for 3 or 4 years to learn how to do it properly!image
S3 was starting his freshman year in high school and he felt like he needed to spend more time on the range. His afternoons were already full with golf team practice so what could we do? Tim, S3’s swing coach showed us how to turn on the lights at his driving range and set out some balls for us the night before. And he told the local police what we were doing. So for his whole 1st semester of high school we were at the range by 5:30am, hitting balls for an hour under the lights, went back home for breakfast and then to school by 7:45am. A full morning and a really full day, but well worth it! (Gary Player image Golf Today)
Mom and Dad, get creative. Is there a range nearby that might work something out with you? Well, you don’t know until you ask. Early, very early mornings aren’t for everybody, but then not everybody is trying to get a college golf scholarship. Help your junior golfer learn about sacrifice, learn about going beyond what everybody else is doing. It’s the stuff champions are made of!
See you on #1 tee bright and early… Sam

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