Mr. Matt Swanson stopped by to visit with some of our junior golfers this morning for another session of golf course design. He has been involved in the design of many golf courses around the world including Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore which was the site for the HSBC Women's World Championship in March 2023 and LIV Golf in April 2023. We are always thankful for his willingness to share his knowledge with our young golfers.
Today's session was a hands-on workshop. First the golfers shared their personal designs of a golf hole with Mr. Swanson. He provided some general feedback about the elements of a good golf hole which were included in their designs and then he walked them through a series of questions that need to be considered when laying out an entire golf course. One very important question: Where does the sun rise and set?
After studying pictures of actual golf holes, the golfers were encouraged to apply the knowledge that they just learned by sketching out a portion of a golf course on design paper.
"The class was awesome. I loved that he gave us a sheet to create our own course and I loved how he drew on the tracing paper." -Juliana Morrison.
"I was intrigued by how they factor in where the sun rises and sets in order to design a course." -Michelle Morrison.
"He designed Commons and that's where I learn and practice. I like that." -Abriella Morrison
“The biggest thing I hope they learn this week is the confidence. They should instill confidence in everything that they do,” Daryl Worley, Baltimore Ravens.
The goal of this year's First Tee Game Changers Academy was to create thought-provoking discussions & inspiring workshops. Sydney Rogers had the opportunity to participate in the event at Villanova University last week. She absolutely enjoyed the opportunity to meet other First Tee participants from all over the country while participating in team building activities in the great outdoors like kayaking and a ropes course. Her favorite workshop was led by some members of the Amazon leadership team because they shared some of the strategies that made them a game changer in business.
The event also featured panelists from various backgrounds sharing their perspective on diversity. Perspectives that Sydney did not always embrace as complete truth but she was able to confidently articulate her point of view with others. It is not easy to take an opposing viewpoint on how to be a game changer but the experience motivated her to remain firm in her convictions.
One of the reasons I teach golf is because I fully believe that golf is a great way to build memories with family and friends. Pictures like the one above are awesome to see. Not only are parents supporting their golfers but other families are supporting the other golfers. Family, friends and fun! That's what it is about.
It is humbling to see the number of Beaver Golf students that participate in Drive, Chip & Putt increase each year. While I know there were some bumps in the road today for some of the golfers, I am proud of each of them. Competition is tough even when it is free. Sometimes the nerves take over and sometimes they drive you to success. No matter the outcome, they key is to have fun and learn something for next year.
Looking forward to hearing the results from other Beaver Golf students as they participate in other local qualifiers later this summer.
I think I was more nervous than them. The boys liked it a lot and had a lot of fun. Definitely more practice and try again next year. -Nathaly Robles
Drive Chip & Putt at The Park- June 14, 2023
Amelia Meadows - 1st Time Participant
Judah Lang - 1st Time Participant
Jaclyn Nolen - 1st Time Participant
Skyler Nolen - 1st Time Participant
Benjamin Robles - 1st Time Participant
Jeremy Robles - 1st Time Participant
Five Beaver Golf junior students are moving on to the sub-Regionals which will be hosted at Ballenisles Country Club on August 19, 2023.
Girls 7-9 Division
1st Overall- 3rd Drive, 2nd Chip, 2nd Putt
2nd Overall, 2nd Drive, 3rd Chip, 1st Putt
Boys 7-9 Division
3rd Drive, 1st Putt
Girls 10-11 Division
3rd Overall- 3rd Drive, 1st Putt
2nd Alternate Overall, 3rd Chip
Girls 12-13 Division
3rd Overall- 3rd Chip, 3rd Putt
1st Alternate Overall-3rd Drive
Boys 12-13 Division
2nd Overall- 2nd Drive, 2nd Chip
Drive Chip & Putt at Osprey Point - June 24, 2023
Theo Consonni - 1st Time Participant
It was a great experience! His score was not good, but he had fun and got very thankful to be able to participate and watch so many young good golfers. I think it awoke him in so many positive ways, since he told us afterwards in the car that he can’t wait for the next year to see his improvements. -Andrea Consonni
Drive Chip & Putt at Mirasol - July 9, 2023
Bryce Huffman - 1st Time Participant
Cooper Huffman - 1st Time Participant
Tristan Ladicani - 1st Time Participant
Girls 12-13 Division
1st Alternate Overall - 3rd Drive
They all enjoyed the experience, but did much better during warm up than competing. Nerves got to them, and I think they were a bit intimidated watching how good the other players in their groups were. All are looking forward to improving for next year. -Maggie C.
Drive Chip & Putt at Broken Sound - July 27, 2023
Shay Atkins - 1st Time Participant
Zoey Trivlis - 1st Time Participant
Girls 7-9 Division
3rd Drive, 3rd Chip, 3rd Putt
Boys 7-9 Division
Boys 14-15 Division
2nd Alternate Overall
Shay's participation was a complete surprise. Apparently, it was a last minute decision that was made after a lot of encouragement from fellow homeschool student golfer DeMarco who unfortunately has aged out of the competition. This was Shay's only chance to try since he will age out as well. He finished in 5th place and second alternate overall which is awesome.
SubREgionals at BallENISLES 8/19/23
The road to Augusta came to an at the Sub-regionals for the golfers but they had a great time competing in what turned out to be an all girls show for Beaver Golf. Mateo elected not to participate for personal reasons related to his faith. I commend him for being a person of integrity with his decision.
Abriella Morrison earned a 2nd place medal for chipping in the girls 7-9 division and she tied for 5th overall with 49 points. While Vivian Sterijevski did not improve her upon her points in this round, she feels like she is definitely a better golfer after all of the practice, extra lessons and the overall experience. That's what it is all about!! Who's ready for 2024?
My name is Jayda Dookie and I just graduated from Suncoast Community High School. There have been many people who have crossed my path during my tenure in the golf community. Many people are responsible for shaping me into the person I am today, however, none as influential as Coach Glen.
Coach Glen has utilized golf as a medium to teach life lessons that I will carry for the rest of my life. I met Coach Glen almost a decade ago through the Junior Golf Foundation of America. My past coach had decided to pursue his dreams as a police officer, leaving me coachless. A friend Vrishti, also a Beaver Golf Alum, had just started working with Coach and introduced me. A couple weeks later I had a coach. I was quite shy when we started working together. I wouldn’t speak during my lessons or add any input, that was until Coach took away my driver. My family and I recently learned of my scoliosis. Coach took one look at my drive and determined that my overswing was irritating my diagnosis even more. He took away my woods, and within a month I loathed him. For the next six months I was left woodless, unable to use them until I got my swing under control. Deep down I knew he had taken them away for a good reason, but the rage I held turned into fuel for determination. I spent my time after school every day on the range, practicing for hours, trying tirelessly to control my swing in order to get my clubs back. In those few months Coach Glen taught me unforgettable lessons of self-discipline, patience, and dedication. He made me realize my health is more important than winning and sometimes tough love is the only way to learn. Without Coach Glen I would not have the work ethic or positive mindset instilled in me today.
Over the past 7 years I have been his student. I have gained life lessons and leadership skills as well as opportunities to further myself through golf. Because of Beaver Golf I was able to learn how to teach young students how to play golf despite my initial shyness inhibiting me. I met so many new people I can share both my life and the love of golf with. Coach Glen also introduced me to caddying and the Evans Scholarship program, a Scholarship dedicated to helping caddies go through all four years of college. Caddying is an experience that has gifted me people and leadership skills while also lighting the path to my future career in international business. I have grown tremendously since the moment I walked on the golf course, and I can say confidently that my development flourished after becoming a part of Beaver Golf .
This weekend, the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and First Tee invited several Beaver Golf students to participate in the Day in a Life Program at the UNIQLO / Adam Scott Junior Championship! The program provided an opportunity for the golfers to be introduced to an alternate golf career path that includes Tournament Administration, Tournament Operations and Communications. They also had an opportunity to interact with Adam Scott, who has won 31 times on the PGA Tour.
The tournament was a 3-day tournament at Hammock Creek Golf Club in Stuart. Lily Bieber, Annika Collado, Cienna Collado and Sydney Rogers participated on Saturday, 5/27/23, while Mateo Muñiz and Danny Tadeo closed out the event on Sunday, 5/28/23. They were able to assist the starter, finalize scoring, serve as rules officials which were also responsible for pace of play, and sometimes they simply handled housekeeping tasks like delivering lunch to the staff. The final day also provided an opportunity to assist with course management when a downpour rendered the greens unplayable.
The overall consensus from the golfers:
It was COOL!!! Very enjoyable!!
Danny left motivated to play more tournaments and to learn more about the golf industry.
Lily is the newest in her golf journey and she was blown away by the skill level of the juniors that were playing in the tournament. She would have gone back for another day but they had family obligations.
Annika was impressed by how serious pace of play is in the AJGA.
Mateo really appreciated the systems they had in place to communicate and enforce the rules during tournament play.