It is hard to believe that another season of golf is coming to a close for my junior students. I could not be more proud of the accomplishments that they have achieved. Playing for your high school team is a privilege but when you or your team qualify for regionals that is awesome. Congratulations to Annika Collado, Jayda Dookie and Vrishti Patel. Annika qualified individually as a freshman!
In addition to playing on his high school team as a freshman, Thomas Nevico stayed busy playing U.S. Kids Tournaments. He finished first over the weekend with a 79 at Jensen Beach Golf Club in the Tour Championship and he will be playing in the South Florida PGA Junior Section Prep Tour Championship this weekend at Sandhill Crane Golf Club. Mateo Muniz, 9, who moved up to the Prep Tour earlier this fall to compete in 18-hole tournaments will be joining him.
Moving up means that you are ready to challenge yourself and my homeschool junior golfers are doing just that. Over the summer, Mateo qualified for the Sub-regionals of Drive Chip and Putt for the first time while some siblings stepped out of their comfort zone to just compete. Vivian, Marina and Luke had a blast! I continue to be impressed with their energy and enthusiasm for golf.
When that energy sends you to the course to play a round with friends or to compete against other golfers your age that is awesome. This past weekend, Abriella played in her second Links Tournament while Josh and Bella will be teeing off for their first competitive rounds in the Under Armour tournament series this Saturday. No matter what the scorecard says, they are winners because they made the decision to get out there and have some fun. Golf has to be fun first, improvements on the scorecard will come in time.
One student who knows how to put in the time to improve his scorecard is Blake. Blake took a break from golf during the pandemic but came back with a fire to play this fall. His commitment to practicing at least twice a week on course and completing assignments led him to complete the Player and Par levels in record time. He has a goal to start competing after the first of the year.
These are just a few of the stories that I am honored to share. It is my pleasure to be apart of them in a small way.