Thursday, April 4, 2013

Jekyll Island Cup {U.S. Kids Regional Golf Tournament}

This week is Spring Break.  We aren't really going anywhere or doing anything, because a couple of weeks ago we were in Jekyll Island, GA for B's first ever Regional Golf Tournament. 

We went for the experience of it all, knowing he would not place, but that we could see what a regional tourney is all about. 

We also wanted to give the boys a chance at the beach, since they have been begging to go.
  Sadly, the weather was horrible. 
 We had very limited time at the beach,
  and it was cold.
 The boys were thrilled to get to play a little, though.  b has been dying to play in the sand and make "Bikini Bottom" again.
There was a practice round on Friday.
The course was gorgeous with Spanish Moss all around.


B played a crappy practice round, but still had a few good shots worthy of the fist pump. ha ha
Round 1 was on Saturday, and the Canadian Caddy led B off to the first hole.
b and I hung out in the woods along the course because we didn't want to distract B. 
I was a little skittish keeping an eye out for gators everywhere!! 
I don't think b believed there were any gators around, but a Marshall assured me they were there.

 I think it is hysterical that the caddies wear bibs like they do in the pros. They are required in all major tournaments.
 B had a pretty good start to Round 1...
 until the storm started and we had to clear the course on hole 4.
They resumed later in the day, and B started without much warm-up, which led to a bad hole.  It went in the water. 
 Then his Caddy Daddy, (who had not read the Caddy Rules) made a mistake and make him hit again rather than going to the drop zone on the other side.  This mistake led to a minimum of 4 strokes in error. 
not our hat, but funny!
I could explain all of that, but you probably don't care - haha!  Anywho, after this one bad hole, B shook it off, and was on fire and finished with nothing but pars and birdies. 
So, we didn't fire the Canadian Caddy, and I might have felt a little sorry for him because he beat himself up about it all night. 
Even while we were all having fun at Family night, he was agonizing. 
And b was photo-bombing. 
He really felt like B was going to have a great 2nd round on Sunday....
until the weather forced them to cancel Round 2.
It was disappointing, but B finished 7 scores from the Leader and was ranked 9th, and earned orange status.  Tope Ten!!! We were THRILLED!!  He was not.  He was so sad he "didn't win a major".
He cannot understand how awesome it is that comparatively, these kids have been playing for 2+ years (compared to his short 8 month golf journey), and over half had been to the Jekyll Cup before, having had experience on the course, etc.
Speaking of experience...it is kinda crazy that so many of these kids have personal fitness trainers, private golf coaches - who travel with them and caddy for them, are members of affluent golf club communities, etc.
 One of these kids is 8 year old Allan Kournikova, yes, that would be the little brother of Anna Kournikova the tennis star.  His coach was traveling with him. 
He lives in Palm Beach and is a great little golfer!
I might have stalked noticed him and his mother a bit. 
 LOL!!
Allan is featured in a movie "The Short Game" which is a documentary on these little golfers.  You can see a clip of his day here.
 
 


5 comments:

  1. Wow, that felt like big time golfing! I'm intimidated and I wasn't even playing. But buy far my favorite part of the recap is that you were stalking Mrs. Kournikova. Ha!

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  2. OK I would've so been stalking her too! "Stars" fasicnate me! HAHA! Poor daddy. I feel bad for him but I bet he reads all the rules from now on! The course looks beautiful. Don't those signs really make you wonder? I mean really who is going to approach a gator??

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  3. Wow, what an awesome accomplishment for him! I hope he is able to eventually understand that...hopefully sooner than later. Your pictures are awesome!! Do you live in Georgia?

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  4. What a cool experience! I guess I'm not surprised at the crazy level some kids (parents) take things to. It's like that with all sports. Golf is a great sport for a kid though. I can't believe there were really gators nearby. That would freak me out too.

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  5. That is so amazing for B. I hope he is now feeling better about it.

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Kerri says:

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts! I LOVE reading your comments.

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