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Junior Golf: Starburst-More Than Candy

In this Friday Flop Shot we’ll look at a great junior golf tournament that you may have never heard of.

The point is Dad and Mom, that today there are so many junior golf tournaments that you can’t possibly know about all of them. But there are some that you really need to be familiar with and among those is Starburst.

The Starburst Junior Golf Tournament is held in mid-June annually in Waco, Texas, 200 miles north of San Antonio and 100 miles south of Dallas on I-35. There are divisions ranging from age 7 up to Championship for boys and girls. There were around 400 entries in 2018 and in some years the number of players approaches 1,000.

College coaches like Starburst because it’s a major junior golf event. The sheer number of quality entries, that fact that there are kiddo’s from many countries and the fact that every division plays 3 different courses over 3 days make it a great test of golf!

This is something you want to check out. Make a note for mid-February 2019 to go to starburstgolf.com or the Starburst Golf FB page for next year’s details. You should go at least once, it’s fun!

Now a shout out to 2 of our favorite guys: Director of Instruction for the Alamo City Golf Trail and the Golf Channel Academy at San Pedro, PGA Tour winner, David Ogrin, who had some of his proteges play in Starburst and to our good friend and Director of Instruction at Laredo Country Club and at RG Golf Academy, coach Rudy Gonzalez.

Photocredit: kwtx.com

Rudy’s feeling pretty chipper these days since one of his students, Marcelo Garza of Nuevo Laredo, won the Boy’s Championship Division. Congratulations to Marcelo and coach Rudy on a job well done!

Parents, South Texas has a ton of great golf courses and we have some of the best instructors in the nation. Do something different. Plan a trip around getting some new input for your junior golfer, playing some wonderful golf courses and enjoying all the friendly sights that exemplify our area! Come see us!

See you on #1 tee Starburst ready… Sam

Junior Golf: Enter Summer Events Now

In this Monday Mulligan we’re going to get some structure to your daughter’s summer. Now is the time to enter these tournaments.img_0135

A lot can be accomplished in summer golf. Your girl can make new golf buddies, play against new competitors and spend a ton of time practicing and have an improved golf game when schools starts back up. (photo jennleforge.com)

In the world of amazing, Starburst, the world’s biggest junior golf tournament, still, as of April 30, 2016, has spots open in every division. This is special! Dad and Mom please go to starburstgolf.com and take a look. This is a 1 of a kind scenario with over 1,000 total entries. 3 different courses over 3 days, free evening meals for 2 nights and an environment that is unmatched, not even close, anywhere else in the junior golf world! Your daughter is old enough, entries for girls and boys start at 7 years old. Enter and go, you’ll be glad you did!

In the less vacation-type summer tournaments, it’s time to look at all the events that are at a convenient distance. 1st is city, county or state junior championships. Next go to your state PGA site and look at their junior programs. Texas, for instance, is divided into north and south PGA zones. Central and South Texas is covered by stpga.com and north Texas is ntpga.com. There are plenty of junior opportunities through the PGA junior programs. (photo hjgt.org)image

Next on the list would be the elite tournaments for the more highly-skilled juniors. Here in Texas we have the Legends Junior Tour, the Texas Junior Golf Tour and a few American Junior Golf Tour dates. The Future Champions Tour is in California, Hurricane Junior Tour runs tournaments in 32 states and the Dixie PGA Junior Tour is in Southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Folks, there is junior golf available almost everywhere in this country so get online and start looking. You will find more than you originally were expecting.

See you on #1 tee looking ready for summer golf… Sam

Junior Golf: Plan Your Summer Now

In today’s Wednesday Waggle we are saying this is the time to look ahead a few months in the life of your daughter’s golf. Plan your family’s summer calendar now.img_0102-1

Summer is one of those times that junior golfers can really spend a lot of time improving their game. Pretty much every golf facility from driving ranges, golf courses, country clubs and resorts have as least some junior golf activities going on.

So where does a parent start? 1st, what is the family doing together this summer? Is there a vacation planned? Make sure it’s around at least a couple of golf courses so your daughter can enjoy playing new venues. Part of the love and sheer enjoyment of playing golf comes from teeing off on new golf courses. It is exciting and fun! Once you have the family schedule you can book your daughter’s golf camps and tournaments around the family events.

Parents please get after this as some tournaments will fill up quickly and your girl may end up on a waiting list for a big tournament she was really looking forward to competing in. 1st up is the Starburst Junior Golf Classic in Waco, Texas, June 13-15. This is a MUST PLAY at least once for your daughter. It is the largest junior golf tournament in the world with over 1,000 entries and it’s very prestigious and a ton of fun, open to ages 7-18. You need to enter soon because even if your girl’s event is still open, you may have trouble getting a motel room. The whole Waco area is completely booked solid for this event. She plays 3 different courses in 3 days. Great fun and parents are allowed to caddy here, yea! Linda and I alternated caddying for S3, a special time. ( Jason Dufner photo golfdigest.com)

Next on the list should be your local city, county and state junior championships. While these can be slower to fill up, we always believed that entering sooner rather than later was always best. These tournaments are special because it shows your daughter where she stands relative to girls in her locale that she will be competing with even through college. She’ll make some lifelong friends in the process and frankly seeing some of her friends improve will likely inspire her to work even harder on her own game.

Now we come to junior golf tour events. Here in Texas the North Texas PGA and the South Texas PGA sponsor their own series of junior tournaments. There are a bunch of them, pretty much all over the state and they are inexpensive. Depending on your daughter’s skill level you may look at entering her in the Texas Junior Golf Tour or the Legends Junior Tour. These are events for kiddos at the medium to high skill level. Your girl should be consistently shooting in the mid-80’s to play in these tournaments. They are pricey but the atmosphere and talent level is exhilarating for participants and parents alike. If your girl likes to compete, this should fire her up!

Here’s a photo of S3 and his caddy, me, prior to teeing off in a US Amatuer Qualifier at Comanche Trace Country Club, Kerrville, Texas, summer of 2015. I’m telling all you golf parents, these are some of the best moments of your lives, take advantage of them and enjoy this quality time with your junior golfer!

imageAnd for the highest skill levels, you have the AJGA and then the national junior championships put on by the USGA. If your daughter is keeping a GHIN, then you can see if her GHIN is low enough to enter the USGA events. They are super special and pressure-packed! It is not unusual for golfers to be nervous or a bit intimidated by more prestigious events. The jitters should calm once she gets off of #1 tee.

See you on #1 tee with a full summer golf schedule… Sam

Junior Golf Tournaments: The Biggest of the Big

imageIn today’s Friday Flop Shot, I must wrap up the week by telling you about a very special junior golf tournament, the “Biggest of the Big”, the “only one of its kind anywhere in the world”! OK enough suspense, I’m talking about the Starburst Tournament, held each June in Waco, Texas. S3 played in this for his last 3 years of eligibility and he would have played more years, but we didn’t even know about it until his freshman year in high school and it’s only 200 miles from us!

With more than 1,000 junior golfers from all over the world, there is truly nothing like Starburst! Entries are by age and sex, open to all boys and girls ages 7-18, and include a championship division for boys and for girls. When entries open in mid-February, you need to get yours submitted ASAP, because everything will fill up, even with 100 kids in each age/sex group. You also need to book your hotel because once you get past mid-March the whole city of Waco will not have 1 hotel room available.

imageWe planned our summers around Starburst, it is that much fun! Junior golfers play 3 different courses over 3 days and meals for the whole family are provided free for 2 nights. The atmosphere is unique and very special and we believe that every serious or even half-way serious junior golfer should play at Starburst at least once, just for the experience.

OK, get online and check out Starburst Junior Golf Classic! Star planning your summer of 2016 today. See you on #1 tee… Sam

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