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#31 leezer99

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 08:39 PM

View Postkekoa, on 02 August 2017 - 07:51 PM, said:

This is our crew from Cali. I looked for HH but honestly I was dripping sweat since my 3 year old made me carry her the whole parade :(



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Posted 07 August 2017 - 11:57 AM

How did all the kids do?

My son went 44/39/38 to finish T26 out of 127 players.  I was really proud of him for grinding it out on day 2 and 3.  He could of easily just given up.  The weather was very hot and humid, but many of the parents said it was nothing compared to last year.  The 7's played Mid Pines, which is a course unlike anything we see here in Socal.  Very tightly mown fairways and greens that I couldn't read to save my life.  Shame on me for not walking the course before tournament day with a local caddy like a few of my buddies did.  Finally on day 3 I started to look at the hole to see the 'burn' in order to see which way the grain was flowing.  This made a huge difference.

All in all, it was a great experience and I hope to do it again.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 02:55 PM

Daughter had fun and that is all I really care about.

After our practice round I knew her chipping was off.  She did not want to practice it though.  It showed up in her first round.  She probably wasted 10 strokes a side on bad chips in day 1.  She worked on it after that round for 30 minutes and made the correction.  The next two rounds were much better.  Our course was very hilly.  All approach shots were uphill and only one par 3 could you see the green surface from the tee box.  It was a good test for her since this distance was much longer than anything she has played before (nearly 500 yards longer each 9 holes than what she has played competitively before).

More than anything, she loved the experience.  Round one was frustrating for her, but seeing a friend of her's from here and meeting girls from all over was a cool experience for her.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 03:05 PM

View Postbwbw, on 07 August 2017 - 02:55 PM, said:

Daughter had fun and that is all I really care about.

After our practice round I knew her chipping was off.  She did not want to practice it though.  It showed up in her first round.  She probably wasted 10 strokes a side on bad chips in day 1.  She worked on it after that round for 30 minutes and made the correction.  The next two rounds were much better.  Our course was very hilly.  All approach shots were uphill and only one par 3 could you see the green surface from the tee box.  It was a good test for her since this distance was much longer than anything she has played before (nearly 500 yards longer each 9 holes than what she has played competitively before).

More than anything, she loved the experience.  Round one was frustrating for her, but seeing a friend of her's from here and meeting girls from all over was a cool experience for her.

Glad to hear Bw.  From what I've heard kids normally do better in subsequent visits.  I still remember my son spending half his time just dazing at other players and kids he has seen on IG.  He really got caught up in what was going on around him.  US Kids puts on a legit event though.  One of my favorite parts was the 'Players Only' signs they put up around the putting and chipping greens.  

I need to start saving now if we want to go back in coming years. :to_become_senile:

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 05:05 PM

My son did very well.  Came in the top 3rd of the 12 year old division which had 200 boy's in it.  Had it not been for a 2 stroke penalty for a wrong drop, he would have been top 50.  He got better each day on very tough courses.  Struggle with club selection day 1.  Very hard when you are use to sticking 7 and 8 irons on greens then get to a course where if you don't hit the right spot they run off.  Greens on 8 were running 11.5 and the slopes of the greens were tough.  Great experience and he learned what he needed to work on to get better.  Hard to compete when you hit it 225 and have 7 or 8 iron in while the guys at the top are driving it 280-300 and have wedge into every hole.


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Posted 07 August 2017 - 05:20 PM

I'm not sure what they feed the Thai kids, but I need to get some of it asap.  The 7 year old was a head taller than most of the kids and drove it past several greens that were up-hill.  If he had a better short game, there is no way anyone could touch him.  This Japanese kid Yuuma Nemota won back to back championships (6 & 7's).  Kid is a straight sniper and has a great short game.  He isn't overly long off the tee though.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 05:32 PM

what did y'all spend ballpark to go? We are hopeful to be able to attend next year, but wondering how bad the cost is. Looked like a pretty cool experience.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 05:39 PM

View Postdarter79, on 07 August 2017 - 05:32 PM, said:

what did y'all spend ballpark to go? We are hopeful to be able to attend next year, but wondering how bad the cost is. Looked like a pretty cool experience.

Players that live driving distance paid way less than anyone who flew in.  I'm scared to add up all the costs.  That said, we are set on coming back next year. lol

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 05:57 PM

View Postdarter79, on 07 August 2017 - 05:32 PM, said:

what did y'all spend ballpark to go? We are hopeful to be able to attend next year, but wondering how bad the cost is. Looked like a pretty cool experience.

Right around $1800.00

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 06:07 PM

View Postkekoa, on 07 August 2017 - 11:57 AM, said:

How did all the kids do?

My son went 44/39/38 to finish T26 out of 127 players.  I was really proud of him for grinding it out on day 2 and 3.  He could of easily just given up.  The weather was very hot and humid, but many of the parents said it was nothing compared to last year.  The 7's played Mid Pines, which is a course unlike anything we see here in Socal.  Very tightly mown fairways and greens that I couldn't read to save my life.  Shame on me for not walking the course before tournament day with a local caddy like a few of my buddies did.  Finally on day 3 I started to look at the hole to see the 'burn' in order to see which way the grain was flowing.  This made a huge difference.

All in all, it was a great experience and I hope to do it again.

My son struggled out of the gates--was a nervous wreck. Turned +7 thru 6 the first day into and 84 then settled in a little to shoot 81-78 the last two days. Finished 75th out of 154 in the 9 year olds. Not bad for his first experience. Most importantly, it was a blast. Just an awesome experience. Would recommend to anyone.

And, Kekoa, the weather was GORGEOUS for that time of year in NC. I'm from MS and it was downright pleasant. Got a little got the final day, but early in the week it was like fall weather.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 06:27 PM

View Postkekoa, on 07 August 2017 - 05:20 PM, said:

I'm not sure what they feed the Thai kids, but I need to get some of it asap.  The 7 year old was a head taller than most of the kids and drove it past several greens that were up-hill.  If he had a better short game, there is no way anyone could touch him.  This Japanese kid Yuuma Nemota won back to back championships (6 & 7's).  Kid is a straight sniper and has a great short game.  He isn't overly long off the tee though.

We didn't go but some of our friends did and the nine year olds have 4-pete Philly Dunham in their age group.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 07:00 PM

We did the US Kid's Worlds 3 times and have incredibly fond memories of each experience plus we made some great friends from all over the country/world.  Daughter heads off to first year of college in a few weeks.  I'm excited for her but already feeling kinda sad.  I am going to miss junior golf, and the Worlds definitely provided some highlights when she was younger.  Enjoy it while you have the opportunity,  it goes by quickly! ☺

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 07:17 PM

Yes, the weather was awesome.  Felt like early fall late spring for us.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 08:24 AM

My son played age 12 group. Our very first uskg world experience. Absolutely worth it! Great to see and learn from the best. He finished top 100 in the total of ~200 kids. We are happy, especially considering he had 3 days of very bad long games (lost 6 balls all together). His short game helped him hung around.  Very nice to finally meet HH and his son. He is a super nice person and very laid back.  We flow in from Minnesota and stayed 7 nights at Carolina resort (the main resort). Three of us , with car rental, the total cost is about $4000. If my son continues to play and wants to go to big events, we may try to go to IMG next year.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 09:16 AM

For those of you that went what would you do differently next year?


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 11:07 AM

View Postleezer99, on 08 August 2017 - 09:16 AM, said:

For those of you that went what would you do differently next year?

For me, I'd ask my wife and two daughters to stay home.  That will get denied for sure.

So basically, I would do a lot more homework at the course and show up a day or two earlier than I did.  If I could have helped more around the greens, I feel like it could potentially save 5 or more strokes to put my son in the top 20 or maybe even better.  I can't tell you how many putts either broke the opposite way that I thought or ones where I didn't have a clue on break.  Also, I wasn't a huge fan of the Homewood Suites.  Besides that, the whole experience went a lot more smoothly than expected.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 11:42 AM

View Postkekoa, on 08 August 2017 - 11:07 AM, said:

View Postleezer99, on 08 August 2017 - 09:16 AM, said:

For those of you that went what would you do differently next year?

For me, I'd ask my wife and two daughters to stay home.  That will get denied for sure.

So basically, I would do a lot more homework at the course and show up a day or two earlier than I did.  If I could have helped more around the greens, I feel like it could potentially save 5 or more strokes to put my son in the top 20 or maybe even better.  I can't tell you how many putts either broke the opposite way that I thought or ones where I didn't have a clue on break.  Also, I wasn't a huge fan of the Homewood Suites.  Besides that, the whole experience went a lot more smoothly than expected.

Were they Bermuda greens? So my friends that went were saying they had a hard time adjusting to them

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 12:32 PM

View Postleezer99, on 08 August 2017 - 09:16 AM, said:

For those of you that went what would you do differently next year?

I did not do any of the following because I did not  know better. But these are what we would have done:

- obtain the pin sheets from the players of previous year. I heard the pin position may not change from year to year. Research.

- play at least 2, ideally 4+, practice rounds for each course. Exam greens. Simulate attacking the game pin positions.

- carefully research how to read breaks in Bermuda greens if you are not get used to. It feels very different from that greens in the north.

- the tee box position likely change in the last day. Watch for it. Some troubles may come to play that you wouldn't prepare for purely based on the published yardage.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 01:45 PM

View Postgolfer55082, on 08 August 2017 - 12:32 PM, said:

View Postleezer99, on 08 August 2017 - 09:16 AM, said:

For those of you that went what would you do differently next year?

I did not do any of the following because I did not  know better. But these are what we would have done:

- obtain the pin sheets from the players of previous year. I heard the pin position may not change from year to year. Research.

- play at least 2, ideally 4+, practice rounds for each course. Exam greens. Simulate attacking the game pin positions.

- carefully research how to read breaks in Bermuda greens if you are not get used to. It feels very different from that greens in the north.

- the tee box position likely change in the last day. Watch for it. Some troubles may come to play that you wouldn't prepare for purely based on the published yardage.

4+ practice rounds?!?!

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 01:48 PM

View Postleezer99, on 08 August 2017 - 01:45 PM, said:

View Postgolfer55082, on 08 August 2017 - 12:32 PM, said:

View Postleezer99, on 08 August 2017 - 09:16 AM, said:

For those of you that went what would you do differently next year?

I did not do any of the following because I did not  know better. But these are what we would have done:

- obtain the pin sheets from the players of previous year. I heard the pin position may not change from year to year. Research.

- play at least 2, ideally 4+, practice rounds for each course. Exam greens. Simulate attacking the game pin positions.

- carefully research how to read breaks in Bermuda greens if you are not get used to. It feels very different from that greens in the north.

- the tee box position likely change in the last day. Watch for it. Some troubles may come to play that you wouldn't prepare for purely based on the published yardage.

4+ practice rounds?!?!

Chris was telling me all the top kids from last year were on the grounds at least a day before everyone else.  For instance we flew in on Sunday and other kids flew in the Friday before.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 01:50 PM

I would have done most of everything the same.  Condo is the way to go.  No screaming kids in the hall way.  Rent a condo on one of the courses and the kids can spend the evening chipping/putting on the course.

I would have hired a local caddie for the 12 year old division just to read the greens.  It would have saved my son up to 4 strokes each round.  I would not do this for the younger divisions.

This will be our last time going.  There is no reason to play in the Teen World Championships.  Too many other better tournaments out there.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:05 PM

Caddie is $65 plus $30 tips.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:41 PM

View Postgolfer55082, on 08 August 2017 - 02:05 PM, said:

Caddie is $65 plus $30 tips.

I would have been worth the extra $475.00.  My daughter played in the USGA Junior Girl's Am last year and the caddie was worth 6 strokes each day just by knowing the greens.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:42 PM

View Postkekoa, on 08 August 2017 - 01:48 PM, said:

View Postleezer99, on 08 August 2017 - 01:45 PM, said:

View Postgolfer55082, on 08 August 2017 - 12:32 PM, said:

View Postleezer99, on 08 August 2017 - 09:16 AM, said:

For those of you that went what would you do differently next year?

I did not do any of the following because I did not  know better. But these are what we would have done:

- obtain the pin sheets from the players of previous year. I heard the pin position may not change from year to year. Research.

- play at least 2, ideally 4+, practice rounds for each course. Exam greens. Simulate attacking the game pin positions.

- carefully research how to read breaks in Bermuda greens if you are not get used to. It feels very different from that greens in the north.

- the tee box position likely change in the last day. Watch for it. Some troubles may come to play that you wouldn't prepare for purely based on the published yardage.

4+ practice rounds?!?!

Chris was telling me all the top kids from last year were on the grounds at least a day before everyone else.  For instance we flew in on Sunday and other kids flew in the Friday before.

That just means he'll be there a week ahead of everyone next year.  LOL

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 03:58 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 08 August 2017 - 01:50 PM, said:

I would have done most of everything the same.  Condo is the way to go.  No screaming kids in the hall way.  Rent a condo on one of the courses and the kids can spend the evening chipping/putting on the course.

I would have hired a local caddie for the 12 year old division just to read the greens.  It would have saved my son up to 4 strokes each round.  I would not do this for the younger divisions.

This will be our last time going.  There is no reason to play in the Teen World Championships.  Too many other better tournaments out there.

that might be good at least for practice rounds. No idea you could do something like that.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 04:06 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 08 August 2017 - 01:50 PM, said:

I would have done most of everything the same.  Condo is the way to go.  No screaming kids in the hall way.  Rent a condo on one of the courses and the kids can spend the evening chipping/putting on the course.

I would have hired a local caddie for the 12 year old division just to read the greens.  It would have saved my son up to 4 strokes each round.  I would not do this for the younger divisions.

This will be our last time going.  There is no reason to play in the Teen World Championships.  Too many other better tournaments out there.

I almost got my son a Pinehurst caddie for the practice round--kind of wish I had.  I could've walked with and learned along with him.  I wouldn't want to lose the daddy caddie experience during the tournament.  I think those times are part of what makes the event so special.

And you're right on the condo.  We had a condo on the 2nd hole of course #5--and every evening the kids would converge on the green to play whatever games it is they like to play.  My 5 year old daughter just rolled down the hills.

I didn't take my sticks this year because it was our first time and I wanted it to be all about my son.  I will take them next year.  Too many good/great courses around and enough down time to enjoy them.

For those who will be in the 9 year old division, the Parent/Child and the Team Challenge are on the course you will be playing.  We did the Team event and it was OK, but it was a nice way to get out on the course in a competitive environment prior to the actual competition.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 04:57 PM

View PostPinewood Golfer, on 08 August 2017 - 04:06 PM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 08 August 2017 - 01:50 PM, said:

I would have done most of everything the same.  Condo is the way to go.  No screaming kids in the hall way.  Rent a condo on one of the courses and the kids can spend the evening chipping/putting on the course.

I would have hired a local caddie for the 12 year old division just to read the greens.  It would have saved my son up to 4 strokes each round.  I would not do this for the younger divisions.

This will be our last time going.  There is no reason to play in the Teen World Championships.  Too many other better tournaments out there.

I almost got my son a Pinehurst caddie for the practice round--kind of wish I had.  I could've walked with and learned along with him.  I wouldn't want to lose the daddy caddie experience during the tournament.  I think those times are part of what makes the event so special.

And you're right on the condo.  We had a condo on the 2nd hole of course #5--and every evening the kids would converge on the green to play whatever games it is they like to play.  My 5 year old daughter just rolled down the hills.

I didn't take my sticks this year because it was our first time and I wanted it to be all about my son.  I will take them next year.  Too many good/great courses around and enough down time to enjoy them.

For those who will be in the 9 year old division, the Parent/Child and the Team Challenge are on the course you will be playing.  We did the Team event and it was OK, but it was a nice way to get out on the course in a competitive environment prior to the actual competition.

We had a condo at number 5 on hole #2 and my son was out there in the evening almost every night.  He was the lefty.  I was sitting out there by the bunker one night talking to a gentleman whose daughter was playing that course.

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 05:00 PM

View Postdarter79, on 08 August 2017 - 03:58 PM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 08 August 2017 - 01:50 PM, said:

I would have done most of everything the same.  Condo is the way to go.  No screaming kids in the hall way.  Rent a condo on one of the courses and the kids can spend the evening chipping/putting on the course.

I would have hired a local caddie for the 12 year old division just to read the greens.  It would have saved my son up to 4 strokes each round.  I would not do this for the younger divisions.

This will be our last time going.  There is no reason to play in the Teen World Championships.  Too many other better tournaments out there.

that might be good at least for practice rounds. No idea you could do something like that.

Pinehurst #8 are the toughest greens I have ever witnessed.  I would only hire for the 12 year old divisions.  When you hear announcers talk about the Augusta National greens and you have to hit it in a spot to get it to the hole, those are #8 greens.  Same with the putting.  I have never experienced greens like those with that type of speed.

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 08:15 AM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 08 August 2017 - 04:57 PM, said:

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I would have done most of everything the same.  Condo is the way to go.  No screaming kids in the hall way.  Rent a condo on one of the courses and the kids can spend the evening chipping/putting on the course.

I would have hired a local caddie for the 12 year old division just to read the greens.  It would have saved my son up to 4 strokes each round.  I would not do this for the younger divisions.

This will be our last time going.  There is no reason to play in the Teen World Championships.  Too many other better tournaments out there.

I almost got my son a Pinehurst caddie for the practice round--kind of wish I had.  I could've walked with and learned along with him.  I wouldn't want to lose the daddy caddie experience during the tournament.  I think those times are part of what makes the event so special.

And you're right on the condo.  We had a condo on the 2nd hole of course #5--and every evening the kids would converge on the green to play whatever games it is they like to play.  My 5 year old daughter just rolled down the hills.

I didn't take my sticks this year because it was our first time and I wanted it to be all about my son.  I will take them next year.  Too many good/great courses around and enough down time to enjoy them.

For those who will be in the 9 year old division, the Parent/Child and the Team Challenge are on the course you will be playing.  We did the Team event and it was OK, but it was a nice way to get out on the course in a competitive environment prior to the actual competition.

We had a condo at number 5 on hole #2 and my son was out there in the evening almost every night.  He was the lefty.  I was sitting out there by the bunker one night talking to a gentleman whose daughter was playing that course.

My son was one of the little ones.  He was out there in all sea green one evening.  My daughter was in the pink rolling down the fairway.  Seriously, just rolling around :dntknw:

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