Palmetto Golfer, on 14 January 2018 - 08:52 PM, said:
Hangontight...sorry as I am a little late to the party to respond. My son has been tied up with football and basketball so golf is on the back burner at the moment.
Basically, I agree that the regionals are not worth the money, but they do help my son in one regard. My son can get a little star struck at bigger events. He is 11 now and it is not as bad as it use to be though. He would be awestruck that there were 30 other kids on the range and would want to watch them all hit. I was constantly telling him that the other kids should be watching HIM!!! So, I would use the regionals to get him use to playing with kids he doesn't know. Like others, we also used the regionals for mini family vacations.
For junior golf, I feel very fortunate to like in SC. The South Carolina Junior Golf Association does a really good job with their events. We know several kids who are playing major D1 golf and only played in SCJGA events and some in North Carolina. They never played a single AJGA event.
Hangontight...take a look at their website http://scjga.org/ . They have a tournament in March called the Pee Wee Championship in Columbia that is a lot of fun. The lowest age group is 8-9 but I believe they will let a 7 y/o play if you think he is ready. FYI...no caddies allowed. They have to do it themselves which I prefer anyways.
Also check to see if they have a local chapter nearby. The Greenville and Mt. Pleasant chapters tend to be the most competitive. If you haven't found out already, the junior golf world is a small one. You will end up with friends from all over the state. Another good thing is the competition is really good. This state doesn't have the depth of a Florida, Texas or California, but the top players can play with anyone. So playing SCJGA will expose you son to some really good players.
Feel free to PM me if you want. Happy to help anyway I can.
Thanks for the reply. Glad to hear your positive take on Junior golf in SC. I've heard good things about SCJGA...but it just seems that it doenst kick in until the older ages. Reviewing past tournaments , it seems that participation is limited in the younger age groups. Maybge I am looking in the wrong place or just need to call, but info is very limited (and somewhat outdated) on the website. For example, looking at the Mt. P chapter events last year it looks like there was only ONE kid signed up in the younger age group (my son is 7) for a FEW events last year. as mentioned in an earlier post, we have trouble finding larger fields even at the local USKG events...usually no more than 3. I looked at the Pee Wee and we may end up doing that. I think I've come to realize that if we want the larger fields, we will have to travel some and the USK regionals seem like the best option. We have a blast at them , just a little griping about the cost. For this year at least, we'll probably keep on our plan to do 3 regionals, maybe Carolinas State, and then Worlds at Pinehurst (all combined with family vaca)... and maybe
sprinkle in a few locals and/or non-uskg events here and there. Busy schedule with other sports year round and he has a few overlapping Burgundy & green status's so I dont see the benefit of playing locals for $45/each plus seasonal tour fee
when it is just him and maybe one other kid signed up. Me and him can go play a casual/practice round together instead or I can arrange with one of his other golf buddies a casual round. That would put him at around 11 tmnt. rounds for the year, plus he probably will do Jr. League again (which he seems to love - no stress!)...that will be plenty. Anyway, I will look deeper into the SCJGA stuff and certainly PM you for more insight. Thanks again.