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cogolfer1
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Hey everyone!

One thing I've wanted to keep you all updated about is how I've done in my junior events, and after a great season on my school's JV team last fall, this season is very important as it could dictate my future of college golf, and maybe my chances of playing golf as a living in several years.

So last fall I made my high school's JV squad, which is pretty impressive in that my high school probably has the deepest level of golf talent in the entire state of Colorado, and then one of the most consistent results-wise in the country. I played in several tournaments and had an abundance of success by winning one tournament, coming 2nd in another, and then coming T4 in another event where the only three players that scored better than me were on a varsity team (Shot the same score as a teammate of mine and we shared 4th). All of it gave me a huge confidence boost in that I first started to realize I can really play, and now I wanna take it to the upper level.

I've played plenty of tournaments before, high school last year obviously, and then I think 7 other tournaments through the state golf association in the years before that. Now though, I'm slowly developing into a very good golfer, by being able to shoot some rounds in the 70's on Par 72 courses that are quite challenging. I believe I can do the same thing, or better in tournaments this summer and begin to make a name for myself.

I'm posting this all here on a forum to garner support and advice from all of you, and have one easy place to find all of the info with my competitive golf for the next few months. Here's a look at where and when I'll be playing. Because of some odd scheduling that conflicts with school (mine gets out later than every other school in the state) I'm not going to be able to play as many tournaments as I had originally hoped, but I'll still get some good reps in.

Date / Tournament / Course / Result
May 19-20/ Spring Series Event #2/ Kennedy & Common Ground/ T65 out of 110
July 2/ Summer Series Event #3/ Saddleback/ T34 out of 85
July 12/ Summer Series Event #4/ Broadlands/ T16 out of 91
July 16-20/ State Junior Match Play Champ./ Bear Creek/ Did not qualify
Aug 6-8/ High School Tryouts/ Meadow Hills & South Suburban/ 8 out of 30 (made varsity)
Aug 9/ Centennial League Meet #1/ Meadow Hills/ 1st out of 8 (Team)
Aug 13/ Greeley West H.S Invitational/ Highland Hills/ 4th out of 15 (Team)
Aug 14/ Cherry Creek H.S Invitational/ Buffalo Run/ 6th out of 20 (Team)
Aug 16/ Centennial League Meet #2/ Deer Creek/ 1st out of 8 (Team)
Aug 23/ Centennial League Meet #3/ Murphy Creek
----->Numerous high school tournaments until early October<-------------

I'll also be updating my progress on where my game is heading and how I'm feeling, as well as getting ready for a tournament.

COG
cogolfer1
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# 1    4/15/2012 11:27:17 AM   
Blasted formatting. Sorry the schedule got all smushed together. Hopefully you can read it without too much difficulty.


ByeByeBirdie
Professional Champion
 
# 2    4/15/2012 9:40:15 PM   
You forgot to mention the US Junior Amateur from July 16-21, 2012 at Golf Club of New England in Stratham, NH. Entry deadline is May 30th.

http://www.usga.org/ChampEvent..
18th - GCNE


cogolfer1
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# 3    4/15/2012 9:51:15 PM   

You forgot to mention the US Junior Amateur from July 16-21, 2012 at Golf Club of New England in Stratham, NH. Entry deadline is May 30th.

http://www.usga.org/ChampEvent..


Decided to pass by for the year. Unfortunately, qualifying for the state match play as well as the actual tournaments are at the same dates, and making the US Junior Am is brutally difficult, so I feel like I'm better off going for the local event. Plus it's much less expensive from entry fee, travel stuff, all that.


Racer888
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# 4    4/16/2012 7:04:56 AM   
Busy year, good luck!!


car12old
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# 5    4/16/2012 7:51:08 AM   
Good Luck this year. Stay focused.


BUCKNUT
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# 6    4/16/2012 8:33:05 AM   
Good luck man. Fairways and greens.


Duckhunter
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# 7    4/16/2012 9:06:05 AM   
Best of luck this year, play your game, play one shot at a time.


cogolfer1
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# 8    5/1/2012 9:27:34 PM   
Tournament preparation for the May 19-20 event officially begins this weekend. Going to play Kennedy on Sunday with my dad, then Common Ground on the 12th. Pairings/tee times will be out in a few days, eagerly waiting for those. The courses really couldn't be any different from each other. If you watched the Valero Texas Open a week and a half ago, I kid you not when I say Common Ground is exactly like that. Undulating as hell greens, wide open, deep bunkers with a few randomly scattered in the middle of the fairway, stuff like that. Long at 7100 something yards, but it's a good fit for me. When I've played there in the past, I haven't done as well as I'd have liked because I'd just hit 1 or 2 shots OB, which I think is behind me and my golf game now. Kennedy on the other hand is odd. 6900 yards, flat, soft, and tree lined fairways every hole. I have never played well there because the accuracy it requires, along with the length has killed my game. I play my 1st round there, the goal that day will be to survive. The 6th, 12th, 13th, and 17th holes give me nightmares, and a few more make me shiver as well.

Like where my game is trending for the tournament. My short game and putting are on fire right now, if I can get a little more consistent with my woods and irons I should have a very good event. I'm hitting it much longer off the tee (220-230 with driver) and I've been able to keep my accuracy, hitting 70% of fairways for the year, having played a couple rounds hitting 12/14, 13/14, and 14/14. I'm not placing any real goals for myself in this tournament. I just wanna shoot 85 at worst for a 170 total, and then see where I stack up compared to everyone else. This is a really good field, one of the biggest junior events in the state outside of the state stroke play and match play events. So overall, I'm just hoping to get a gage of where I stand to everyone else, and go from there.


Robert Premeaux Jr.
Professional Champion
 
# 9    5/1/2012 10:25:56 PM   

Tournament preparation for the May 19-20 event officially begins this weekend. Going to play Kennedy on Sunday with my dad, then Common Ground on the 12th. Pairings/tee times will be out in a few days, eagerly waiting for those. The courses really couldn't be any different from each other. If you watched the Valero Texas Open a week and a half ago, I kid you not when I say Common Ground is exactly like that. Undulating as hell greens, wide open, deep bunkers with a few randomly scattered in the middle of the fairway, stuff like that. Long at 7100 something yards, but it's a good fit for me. When I've played there in the past, I haven't done as well as I'd have liked because I'd just hit 1 or 2 shots OB, which I think is behind me and my golf game now. Kennedy on the other hand is odd. 6900 yards, flat, soft, and tree lined fairways every hole. I have never played well there because the accuracy it requires, along with the length has killed my game. I play my 1st round there, the goal that day will be to survive. The 6th, 12th, 13th, and 17th holes give me nightmares, and a few more make me shiver as well.

Like where my game is trending for the tournament. My short game and putting are on fire right now, if I can get a little more consistent with my woods and irons I should have a very good event. I'm hitting it much longer off the tee (220-230 with driver) and I've been able to keep my accuracy, hitting 70% of fairways for the year, having played a couple rounds hitting 12/14, 13/14, and 14/14. I'm not placing any real goals for myself in this tournament. I just wanna shoot 85 at worst for a 170 total, and then see where I stack up compared to everyone else. This is a really good field, one of the biggest junior events in the state outside of the state stroke play and match play events. So overall, I'm just hoping to get a gage of where I stand to everyone else, and go from there.


85's a good safe target number ... but on game day, don't focus on that or anything but staying loose and having fun. you'll surprise yourself if you can do those two things, even on a course that has so many holes that give you the jitters.


LyinLewis
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# 10    5/2/2012 8:31:56 AM   
To get better I think its best to really get a handle on your strengths and weaknesses. That way when push comes to shove you hopefully can go to a strength shot, and a list of weaknesses gives you a game plan.

I saw a graph somewhere that listed what it takes to shoot even par and that might be helpful, because if that is your goal you need to appreciate what in your game needs to improve. The chart was basically broken down to greens in regulation versus putts so...

If you hit all 18 greens in reg you would need 36 putts
17 GIR = 35 putts
16 GIR = 34 putts
15 GIR = 33 putts
14 GIR = 32 putts
13 GIR = 33 putts
12 GIR = 32 putts
10 GIR = 31 putts
9 GIR = 30 putts
8 GIR = 29 putts
7 GIR = 28 putts

It perhaps over simplifies your goals, but it shows you the emphasis on getting up and down. If you are a great chipper (and you need to be to be a great golfer) then you start to change your game plan on certain holes. There are difficult areas around the green that you can miss...miss too much and leave yourself a chip from a solid area.

I would also start taking notes on your misses from the fairway. Are they short or are they long? If they tend to be on one extreme or another then you should start looking at club selection. If they are right or left more often than not you might want to consider your aim.

Fairways, greens and putting stats are over-rated individually. Individually they tell you nothing about your score! You could hit 18 greens and 3 putt every one for a bogey, or you could miss every green, chip and one putt for an even par...so don't throw in stats unless you utilize them effectively.


cogolfer1
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# 11    5/2/2012 6:43:09 PM   

To get better I think its best to really get a handle on your strengths and weaknesses. That way when push comes to shove you hopefully can go to a strength shot, and a list of weaknesses gives you a game plan.

I saw a graph somewhere that listed what it takes to shoot even par and that might be helpful, because if that is your goal you need to appreciate what in your game needs to improve. The chart was basically broken down to greens in regulation versus putts so...

If you hit all 18 greens in reg you would need 36 putts
17 GIR = 35 putts
16 GIR = 34 putts
15 GIR = 33 putts
14 GIR = 32 putts
13 GIR = 33 putts
12 GIR = 32 putts
10 GIR = 31 putts
9 GIR = 30 putts
8 GIR = 29 putts
7 GIR = 28 putts

It perhaps over simplifies your goals, but it shows you the emphasis on getting up and down. If you are a great chipper (and you need to be to be a great golfer) then you start to change your game plan on certain holes. There are difficult areas around the green that you can miss...miss too much and leave yourself a chip from a solid area.

I would also start taking notes on your misses from the fairway. Are they short or are they long? If they tend to be on one extreme or another then you should start looking at club selection. If they are right or left more often than not you might want to consider your aim.

Fairways, greens and putting stats are over-rated individually. Individually they tell you nothing about your score! You could hit 18 greens and 3 putt every one for a bogey, or you could miss every green, chip and one putt for an even par...so don't throw in stats unless you utilize them effectively.


Never looked at it that way but it's true based on that graph. Going from my round last Sunday, here was how I hit my irons and what I did from there.

1st- Pulled 6 iron left of green, chip to 8 feet, made putt
2nd- P wedge to 6 feet, missed the birdie putt
3rd- Chunked 6 iron (blah), would 2 putt once on the green
4th- 8 iron on the green, 3 putted from above the hole which is where you can't be on that green
5th- 3 wood short of green, chip to 10 feet, 2 putt
6th- Chunked 6 iron (double blah), chip to 20 feet, 2 putt
7th- 3 hybrid leaked right, chip to 10 feet, 2 putt
8th- 6 iron just short, chip to 2 feet, make par
9th- 6 iron to 20 feet, 2 putt for par
10th- 9 iron to 15 feet, 2 putt for par
11th- Had to lay up, would make bogey after par putt from 20 feet
12th- 3 wood to right bunker, pitched to 20 feet, 2 putt
13th- 5 iron just long, chip to 2 feet (hit the flagstick) and make par
14th- Chunked P wedge (triple blah), would make bogey
15th- Had to lay up, 2 putted for bogey from 15-20 feet
16th- 3 wood short, chip to 10 feet, putt hangs on lip and refuses to fall
17th- 5 iron to 20 feet, make birdie
18th- 3 wood short, chip to a foot or 2, make par

Went left, right, short, and long; mostly short (due to lack of length most of the time, or making the smart move to put myself in a better position going to the green).


Robert Premeaux Jr.
Professional Champion
 
# 12    5/2/2012 11:48:28 PM   


To get better I think its best to really get a handle on your strengths and weaknesses. That way when push comes to shove you hopefully can go to a strength shot, and a list of weaknesses gives you a game plan.

I saw a graph somewhere that listed what it takes to shoot even par and that might be helpful, because if that is your goal you need to appreciate what in your game needs to improve. The chart was basically broken down to greens in regulation versus putts so...

If you hit all 18 greens in reg you would need 36 putts
17 GIR = 35 putts
16 GIR = 34 putts
15 GIR = 33 putts
14 GIR = 32 putts
13 GIR = 33 putts
12 GIR = 32 putts
10 GIR = 31 putts
9 GIR = 30 putts
8 GIR = 29 putts
7 GIR = 28 putts

It perhaps over simplifies your goals, but it shows you the emphasis on getting up and down. If you are a great chipper (and you need to be to be a great golfer) then you start to change your game plan on certain holes. There are difficult areas around the green that you can miss...miss too much and leave yourself a chip from a solid area.

I would also start taking notes on your misses from the fairway. Are they short or are they long? If they tend to be on one extreme or another then you should start looking at club selection. If they are right or left more often than not you might want to consider your aim.

Fairways, greens and putting stats are over-rated individually. Individually they tell you nothing about your score! You could hit 18 greens and 3 putt every one for a bogey, or you could miss every green, chip and one putt for an even par...so don't throw in stats unless you utilize them effectively.


Never looked at it that way but it's true based on that graph. Going from my round last Sunday, here was how I hit my irons and what I did from there.

1st- Pulled 6 iron left of green, chip to 8 feet, made putt
2nd- P wedge to 6 feet, missed the birdie putt
3rd- Chunked 6 iron (blah), would 2 putt once on the green
4th- 8 iron on the green, 3 putted from above the hole which is where you can't be on that green
5th- 3 wood short of green, chip to 10 feet, 2 putt
6th- Chunked 6 iron (double blah), chip to 20 feet, 2 putt
7th- 3 hybrid leaked right, chip to 10 feet, 2 putt
8th- 6 iron just short, chip to 2 feet, make par
9th- 6 iron to 20 feet, 2 putt for par
10th- 9 iron to 15 feet, 2 putt for par
11th- Had to lay up, would make bogey after par putt from 20 feet
12th- 3 wood to right bunker, pitched to 20 feet, 2 putt
13th- 5 iron just long, chip to 2 feet (hit the flagstick) and make par
14th- Chunked P wedge (triple blah), would make bogey
15th- Had to lay up, 2 putted for bogey from 15-20 feet
16th- 3 wood short, chip to 10 feet, putt hangs on lip and refuses to fall
17th- 5 iron to 20 feet, make birdie
18th- 3 wood short, chip to a foot or 2, make par

Went left, right, short, and long; mostly short (due to lack of length most of the time, or making the smart move to put myself in a better position going to the green).


The chunks are a pattern. For a golfer of your level, you need to get rid of those.

I do it too. Chunks and blades, especially super-weak toe blades that don't go 60% of the full length of the attempt shot -- duffs, I call them. Our game is similar in this regard: If I just make solid contact all day, I typically like whatever number I shoot. Even if I cut a ball too much or turn a draw into a hook, so long as I made a good strike and hit all of the golf ball, I keep par in play and avoid double.

Anyway, you're going in a good direction and you're smart enough to decipher your weaknesses.


cogolfer1
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# 13    5/4/2012 7:46:01 PM   
Flipping women's club tournaments at both courses are prohibiting me from playing either course this weekend. X0 (with fire bursting out of that face) Gonna play Deer Creek instead which is like Common Ground on steroids, so not all will be lost. I've played Kennedy and Common Ground before four times, so I'll know what to expect, it just would have been nice to play both courses right before the event. Hopefully I'll be able to play Kennedy on the weekend of the 12th (more comfortable on Common Ground, I need to play Kennedy more for my sake).

And to add to my frustration the tee times/pairings are a 7AM shotgun, so that'll be rather unpleasant waking up at 5AM when I already wake up at 5:30AM on weekdays.


cogolfer1
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# 14    5/19/2012 3:59:39 PM   
What do you get when you mix a downpour of rain, wind, 40 degree temps, and tournament nerves? If you guessed something along the lines of "inability to grip/hold the golf club", you're right! It was so frustrating/depressing. I really didn't feel like I was playing that bad, but I couldn't keep my clubs dry, or my hands on a consistent spot on the grip. It was embarrassing more than anything. I know I'm capable of scores like 10 shots lower out here, and instead I make 3 scores at triple or worse in 3 of 5 holes. I'm T82 out of 109, where as if I had shot 85 I'd be T46. Didn't help either that it took over 6 hours to play. Overall a very frustrating and depressing day, hopefully tomorrow I'll be more settled down and I'll get to see the sunshine.


Logicman
Professional
 
# 15    5/19/2012 4:32:15 PM   

What do you get when you mix a downpour of rain, wind, 40 degree temps, and tournament nerves? If you guessed something along the lines of "inability to grip/hold the golf club", you're right! It was so frustrating/depressing. I really didn't feel like I was playing that bad, but I couldn't keep my clubs dry, or my hands on a consistent spot on the grip. It was embarrassing more than anything. I know I'm capable of scores like 10 shots lower out here, and instead I make 3 scores at triple or worse in 3 of 5 holes. I'm T82 out of 109, where as if I had shot 85 I'd be T46. Didn't help either that it took over 6 hours to play. Overall a very frustrating and depressing day, hopefully tomorrow I'll be more settled down and I'll get to see the sunshine.


Time to buy a rain glove, the more wet you get them and your grips the better they hold.


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