USKids Golf was a dominant part of our family from Kyle's
5th birthday in 2005 until just after his 12th birthday in 2012. How dominant? I compared Kyle's participation with
another junior golfer here in Dallas. He and Kyle participated at all levels of USKids from the time they were 5, playing
Boys 6 & Under, up until the World Cup when they were 12. They both competed in 7 World Championships. Kyle
played in 4 Regional Events, 2 more than his fellow competitor; 2 State Championships/World Qualifier - 1 less than his friend.
Locally - Kyle played in 68 events. He won 53, was 2nd eleven times, was 3rd only three times and one T6. His
friend - 60 events - 44 wins, 11 second place finishes, 3 third places, a fourth and a sixth place finish.
But, when I looked just at Kyle's division for the USKids World Championship - that's when I found some interesting
statistics. Kyle played in the Boys 6 & Under division as a 5 year old. Only 3 other 5 year olds and Kyle
returned to that division in 2006: Kyle was T15th, AJ Beechler T26th, Garrett Barber T33rd, and Cody Transou T46th.
In 2006 - there were 81 golfers in the Boys 6 & Under division. Of those 81 -
only 13 - returned every year until they played the final division Boys 12. Only 13.
Kyle Cox, Travis Vick, Brian Terlesky, Patrick Welch, Cody Transou, Jay Swarup, Garrett Barber, Ryan Gerard, Caden Prieskorn,
Troy Taylor, Luke Harries (UK), Perry Xin (Can) and AJ Beechler.
In 2012 - their last year
for USKids, of these 13 - who played in 7 World Championships - Kyle, Travis Vick, Brian Terlesky, Patrick Welch;
only these 4 got to play Pinehurst No 2 on the World Cup Team.
People kept telling me not to worry - Kyle will do it - of course, he'll do it. But, not that I didn't want to believe
- it's just that golf - like life - has no guarantees. I mean, anything could have happened - as it was - when he was suffering
from heat exhaustion and vomiting the day before we left - it was so scary knowing that there wasn't going to be a "second
chance" - there is no "he can try next year". As I looked back at these statistics - I'm still in awe.
My mom thought perhaps Kyle had grown taller since she'd seen him before the trip. Personally, I think he looks taller
because a load has been lifted from the pressure he put on himself to make that team.