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Junior Golf: Valero Texas Open-We Were There

imageIn this Friday a Flop Shot, a bit late, sorry, we will look at the great time Linda and I had yesterday at the Valero Texas Open. There was an opening in our schedules and we took advantage of it to enjoy some time at a great PGA Tour event.

Transportation was easy as the shuttle bus lot is only a couple of miles from our house. The fee is $5 per car to park and the shuttle, both ways is free. This is a great deal and TPC San Antonio is just about a 10-15 minute bus ride. This makes for a low-pressure, no hassle trip. (photo offcoursegolf.com)

We were scanned and searched at the bus lot so when we got off the bus we went straight into the Vendor’s area. There are so many good deals and discounts, but we were early for the day and wanted to check things out and decide how we wanted to watch the players, so we kept moving, leaving the vendor goodies for later.

The 1st spot you come upon where you can actually watch the tournament is #17 green, 1 of our favorite spots. #18 tee is also close by but you can’t really see much except for the swings on the tee shots. Previously you needed upgraded tickets to sit at #17 green so we were keeping an eye out for a place to upgrade but when we arrived at the green, there was open public seating, as in free. And there was a concession stand and restrooms very close by. Since no Round 2 groups had come through yet there were some empty chairs and we grabbed 2 and sat on the 1st row with a perfect view of the green, including the cup and a look all the way to the tee box. We could see the guys hit every shot on this 347 yard par 4! Perfect!

An added bonus was that we had a north wind, which means the guys are able to choose true risk/reward on this potentially driveable par 4. The choice is to lay up to a desired wedge distance or to ride the north wind and try to drive the green. Let me offer a point to ponder for your junior golfers who like to go for everything: Linda and I watched about 60 golfers play #17 and there were 4 balls that were hit as far as the green and only 1 ball was on the green. That ball belonged to Brandon Grace who made a beautiful 2-putt birdie from the front of the green to a far back left pin.image

The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio is tough, the most difficult non-major course on the PGA Tour in the 2015 season. It is no surprise that our informal percentage of birdies on this short little par 4 was less than 25%. Phil and Koooch made birdies and Freddie Jacobson’s ball lipped out and stopped 1-inch from an eagle hole-out. Lots of interesting and exciting shots! (photo flickr.com)

While we could have stayed longer, evening commitments meant we had to leave. You know what, we knew we would enjoy ourselves, but even seasoned tournament attendees like us had more fun than we anticipated. Do you and your junior golfer, heck your whole family a favor and load up the car and go to a PGA Tour event, you all will love it!

See you on #1 tee with some good memories from watching the pros… Sam.

Junior Golf: VTO, Just Go

In this Wednesday Waggle we will continue encouraging you to attend the Valero Texas Open. If our San Antonio locale isn’t convenient for you, then please find a PGA Tour site that works for you and your junior golfer and go spend some time there during their tournament. (Dufner photo golfdigest.com)img_0102

The best time to go to any tournament is when you can. Don’t overthink it, just grab your kiddo and everybody else that wants to go and head out the door. For a more relaxed atmosphere, the days early in the week are excellent. Today is the final Pro-Am day at VTO, as in most professional golf events and is a perfect time to see how the tour players interact with the group sponsors. You can learn a lot by watching and listening and the course is basically devoid of fans. You can easily move around to follow different players. And the course is full all day. There is a morning and afternoon Pro-Am.

The pros and cons of going different days are interesting. Sure, so can only attend on the weekend and that’s a great time because of the drama and huge crowds associated with the final 2 days of a Tour event. A bit of advanced planning goes a long way. For instance, there is no parking on site. So plan extra time for off-site parking and shuttle time. Locations are posted on the VTO website.

Allowed and prohibited items are also on the site and be certain to carefully check this out so you are not inconvenienced by having to return an item to your not-so-close car or surrender it. There is plenty of food and drink available and some is fairly reasonably priced. There is no real need to load up like a pack mule. A hat or cap, sunscreen, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes are the basics.

Phil Mickelson

The main differences between going during the week vs on the weekend are less crowds on weekdays for easier movement around the course, closer access to players and a more relaxed atmosphere. Weekends again mean bigger crowds, more drama as potential winners start to show up and a vibrant thrilling environment. (Phil photo casino.org)

Dad and Mom, PGA Tour events are major happenings. Go enjoy 1 with your kiddo today!

See you on the Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio… Sam

Beat the Heat – Tips for Your Junior Golfer – part 1

Junior golf is not for the weak of heart! Ditto for parenting junior golfers…

Living in South Central Texas means your junior golfer will play a lot of tournaments in hot weather. Heat is a fact of life down here, “hot” is considered 95 degrees and above.
If you live or play where the temperature is a challenge, you need to prepare your JG (Junior Golfer) for the heat.

S3 (our son, Sam III) was five, playing in one of his first tournaments, when he mentioned how hot it was on the golf course. I began preparing him for his future in golf with my answer: “Son you live and play golf in South Texas and it is hot here most of the time. Together we will learn how to deal with the heat and the fact that it is hot, will not affect your game.”

Though he didn’t realize it, S3 was already beating the heat by being properly hydrated and in “golf shape”. In this post and the next, I’ll share some beat-the-heat tips; you can use to prepare your JG.

The Beat the Heat List:

1. Be physically prepared: Your Junior Golfer’s goal is have basically the same energy level at the end of their round as they had on #1 tee. Physical conditioning is paramount. There are a number of convenient ways to get your Junior Golfer in “golf shape”, here are a few:
• He or she should carry their bag and walk rather than ride
• Play 9 holes at least three times a week
• Eat healthy on and off the course (limit processed foods)
Many tournaments are won or lost on the last few holes and being in “golf shape” is a great advantage.

2. Wear light-colored clothing: Choose the dri-fit/quick dry/wicking type of polyester fabric. Be sure to include “wicking” socks…they really help keep your Junior Golfer’s feet comfortable. Nike, Adidas, PGA Tour, and Under Armour are just a few of the great brands we prefer. Check out their websites.

3. Hydrate in advance and during the round: Advance hydration means having your Junior Golfer drink about ½ their body weight in ounces of water every day…for at least 2 or 3 days prior to their event. If he or she weighs 80lbs, it would be 40 ounces. (As a fitness specialist, Linda teaches that everyone should be drinking this much water daily) Hydration choices during the round include: water, sports drinks and green tea (without artificial sweeteners). Our Junior Golfer prefers the original Gatorade or water. Encourage yours to drink throughout the round. Don’t let your Junior Golfer wait until they are thirsty to start drinking – by then they are becoming dehydrated.

4. Be mentally prepared: Following the first three tips will give your Junior Golfer a physical advantage in the heat. He or she also requires mental preparedness and you can help by saying, “You have really prepared well, now let’s go out, have some fun and play golf!”

5. Carry at least 1 large golf towel: A must-have to wipe away sweat, this is invaluable. (Cold watered-down towels are great to place on the neck of your Junior Golfer as well)

6. Keep Energy Level Balanced: Your Junior Golfer is burning a huge amount of calories and they lose many nutrients in their sweat. Performance suffers without nourishment. Foods that hold up in the heat: peanut butter crackers, pb & j sandwiches, fruit snacks, jerky (without msg) and whole-grain bars. Eat a few bites every 3 or 4 holes. S3 has made a tradition of eating ½ of a turkey and cheese sandwich-dry, at the turn. Hamburgers are down the list as they sit heavy on the stomach –maybe ½ a burger only. Hot dogs and sausages are off the list as they sit heavy and greasy. No chocolate –too messy in the heat. Remember –eat light and eat frequently!

Okay, my next post will cover six more tips you can use to beat the heat. Let me hear from you –Sam

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