Nearly twenty Beaver Golf junior golfers attended the TimberTech Championship Junior Clinic hosted by First Tee last Thursday. While waiting for the event to begin some of the golfers were able to watch Champions Tour Players Vijay Singh and K.J. Choi practice short game and full swing respectively which was an unexpected treat.
Rookie Champions Tour Player Tim O'neal was the featured speaker for the clinic. He shared a remarkable story of perserverance. He has had a goal of playing on tour for a very long time and it only came true this past year at the age of 51. He encouraged the golfers to keep a focused eye on their dreams and never give up on attaining them no matter how long it takes. When asked if he would change any decisions he made in the past, he said, "I would go back and practice short game with 80% of my time instead of working on the long drive." He went on to say, that while he is one of the longest hitters on tour, getting it in the hole is what counts.
The junior golfers got to see those drives. Tim O'neal was able to crush the ball even on a windy day. Afterwards, he invited some of the juniors to show off their skills. Mateo Muñiz thought it would be best to let other golfers try, but First Tee Executive Director, Carl Mistretta, did not agree. The surprise of the day was when Abriella Morrison stepped up to take her shot as the only female golfer to accept the challenge. Her Mom was convinced that she would not be comfortable in front of a large crowd, but she was definitely mistaken.
The last order of business was the check presentation. First Tee - Florida Gold Coast was awarded $15,000 to continue building game changers in golf and in life. We are extremely honored to be affiliated with First Tee so our juniors can have access to these opportunities. Last year, some golfers were invited to a behind the scenes tour and we are looking forward to many more.
The TimberTech Championship story does not end there. Let's fast forward to the Final Day of the tournament.
Mateo Muñiz was treated to a day at the final day of the The TimberTech Championship compliments of First Tee of the Palm Beaches. He was very excited to share the experience with his friend Caden Weiler who is starting to take an interest in competitive golf. It was Mateo's first time attending a Champions Tour event and Caden's first professional event.
Much to their surprise the crowds were very light so after watching some shots from their VIP seating they decided to hang out around the 18th hole in hopes of meeting some of the players. While there Mateo was able to reconnect with golf legend, Mr. Bob Toski and get an update about the next Toski Junior Tournament. They also met Major Champs: Ernie Els and Mike Weir and Tour players: K.J. Choi, Jerry Kelly and David Toms. Defending TimberTech Champion, Bernhard Langer even stopped to sign a ball before heading in to sign his scorecard.
Caden could not say thank you enough for the invitation commenting that "watching golf in person is way better than watching on television." Mateo was overjoyed by the friendliness and willingness of the players to interact after their final round. Both left with memories that will last a lifetime.