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Southwest Junior Golf Tour

Lone Star Memorial

Boys 8 - 9

The Tribute GC

Boys 8 - 9 Winners
Kyle 1st, Jansen 2nd, Garrett 3rd, Noah 4th

   For the third year in a row, Kyle celebrated his birthday with the Southwest Junior Golf Tour's  Lone Star Memorial Tournament.  Playing again in the Boys 8 - 9 division, meant 18 holes each day - 4440 yards total.  This year we were at the incredible Tribute Golf Course.  A truly unique Links course, where each hole is patterned after the legendary courses in Scotland. 

   The Road Hole, Postage Stamp, it's all there.  From the first hole Tribute Golf Club is a fitting monument to one of the most famous opening holes anywhere - the first hole at St. Andrews Golf Club, known worldwide as the birthplace of golf. This simple-looking hole fits perfectly in the philosophy of great Scottish links as it may look docile, but severely punishes golfers in a number of different ways. Despite the traditional caddie's warning that it's almost impossible to hit out-of-bounds off the tee, most golfers aim to the left as the first hole at St. Andrews shares a fairway with the 18th hole.

   Also the famous Swilken Burn, a small stream originally used for storm drainage for the small town of St.Andrews, cuts in front of the green and has swallowed many balls over the more than five centuries of golfing on the links. The first tee at St.Andrews has seen almost every famous golfer tee off their chance to walk in history's hallowed footprints. 

   Just like Scotland, the players had to deal with dramatically different weather conditions from cool, cloudy and a brief rain storm on the first day, to hot, humid and windless on the second.  Overall, an incredible experience.  Putting was really put to the test.  Kyle had never seen so many of his putts slide by, lip out, just short, or a bit long.  Check out his reaction to another near miss.  

At the end of the first round, Kyle was in 2nd place with a 74.  He finished the first day as an 8 year old, but would play the 2nd round as a 9 year old.  Coach Jang followed Kyle on both days, offering support and encouragement.  Playing in the final group, Kyle sent his opening drive to the edge of the Swilkin Burn and then nearly holed his chip shot.  After the first hole he was only 1 back.  The next 13 holes felt similar to the first day - he had great drives, but the putts continued to just miss.  Until the 14th hole.  Suddenly Kyle was tied and after that birdied the next two holes and finished with a 68 and won by 4 strokes after starting out the day down by 2. 

He also won the longest drive by putting his tee shot 212 yards down the 18th fairway.

Teeing off with Lake Lewisville in the background.

Starburst National Junior Championship

Boys 9 - 10 

Connally GC & Sammons GC

Kyle displays his trophy

It was a new age division for Kyle as he moved up to Boys 9 - 10 on his third trip to Waco.  He was able to finish tied with Garrett Reband from Cleburne, but the scorecard playoff gave him the third place trophy.  Universal Golf Solutions will be stepping in to overhaul the rapidly growing event and Kyle's finish earned him an exemption in the National Championship they are creating.

Paul and Kyle confer on the Par 3 seventh hole.

Southwest Junior Open

Boys 8 - 9

The Tribute GC & Castle Hills GC

Kyle displays his claret jug trophy

There's a new tournament in town and it was big.

Universal Golf Solutions announced the first Southwest Junior Open at The Tribute Golf Club and The Golf Club at Castle Hills.

Open to boys and girls aged 8-18, the Southwest Junior Open (SJO) promises to be an annual classic with Major Championship appeal. Junior Golf Scoreboard a leader in junior golf rankings and results, acknowledge the SJO as a ranked tournament. They also have partnerships with the Pepsi Little People Golf Championships.

Part of the allure of the inaugural SJO is the outstanding, award-winning course venues.  The Tribute Golf Club was ranked by Golf Digest as one of America’s Top 100 public courses. The Golf Club at Castle Hills in Lewisville features rolling terrain with 60-foot elevation changes, shimmering lakes and large wetlands areas populated by wildflowers and native grasses.

UGS also will highlight their 2010 events later this year that will include the Junior Masters, the Junior Open, Junior Open Championship, Junior Championship and their year-end National Championships.

The timing couldn't be better.  By having the event on the same dates as the British Open and held on a links course - UGS made it extra special by having a replica Claret Jug trophy - just like the pros.  It was a perfect warmup for the upcoming US Kids World Championship in August, which will have Kyle playing 18 holes each day - just like the Southwest Junior Open. 

Kyle finished with a three day total of 213 (3 under par) to win his division by 32 strokes and had the second lowest total of all 18 hole competitors.  The tournament was run efficiently and brought in junior golfers from all over Texas, as well as from Oklahoma and Louisiana.


A scene that could have been set in Scotland

TJGT - Elite Mini-Tour

Bear Country Mini-Tour Major

Boys 12 - 13

Cottonwood Creek GC

TJGT - Elite Mini Tour
Kyle displays winning flag, flanked by 13 yo competitors

For our first event with the TJGT - Paul chose to go to Waco to play at Cottonwood Creek GC.  On the Elite Mini Tour - Kyle would get to play 18 holes each day from the red tees - 5500 yards.  With 14 other golfers signed up, Kyle would be the youngest at age 9, playing with Jack Little - 11 yo and the rest of the field 12 & 13 yo.  Day One of the event was nearly rained out - but they were all able to at least get nine holes in by the end of the day.  Kyle found himself tied for 2nd at 42 with Ben Alonso.  Jack Little was alone at the top with 41 and six others behind them at 43.  Sunday morning didn't look like it was going to get any better, but the rain finally stopped around 8:30 and the course was deemed sufficiently drained and playable by 10:20. 

The storm clouds stayed close and threatening

At the end of 18 holes, Kyle found himself all alone in first by shooting a 3 over par 75.   His first round had been water logged, and the scorecard had 5 pars, 2 bogies and 2 double bogies.  On the final round, in much better playing conditions,  he carded 2 birdies, 5 bogies and NO double bogies.  It was absolutely stunning that our 9 yo had won the Boys 12 - 13 division and had done so well on the longer course set up.

Congratulatory hand shakes all around!

Kyle sends his ball down the fairway

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