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#31 wildcatden

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:13 PM

View Postkekoa, on 12 January 2018 - 02:02 PM, said:

Looking at the scores from last year-  The winner of boys 7-8 shot (-13) with second place at (-12).  That is pretty nuts over 3 days.  Looking at the scorecard, length will not be a problem for my son, which I was a bit worried about at first.  Hopefully they accept his application.

No qualifier for 7-8 year olds? Or there are qualifiers but also open spots?   Yardage looks to be around 2,100-2,200 for the 7-8 YO's....which is a bit longer than the USKG Locals/Regionals but is the USKG Worlds 8 YO yardage range. My just turned 7 YO would struggle at 2,100 yards right now.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:15 PM

We've been reconsidering the next USK Regional tournament as well due to the cost.  Just not sure we can justify spending the money for just a 9hole regional tournament.  Big problem for us is there isn't a local tournament in our area, so qualifying for worlds isn't so easy.  Would be nice to go at least once soon.

For IMG Jrs, make sure you get your application in early.  You have a better chance of being accepted.  That option I believe only works for Non-SD folks, playing in the 8u age.  9-10 Age have to qualify.  I thought the course setup and yardages were perfect at last years tournament.  It was a tough course, but fair. Some holes a bit long, but my guy isn't the longest hitter. Qualifying this year for us is going to be tough since we have to play up to the 9-10 group, and he's still only 8.  The tournament fee was a bit high last year, but it did include golf carts for all 3 rounds of 18holes, so I thought it made up for it.  Kekoa, I think your son will do great there this year.
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:22 PM

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No qualifier for 7-8 year olds? Or there are qualifiers but also open spots?   Yardage looks to be around 2,100-2,200 for the 7-8 YO's....which is a bit longer than the USKG Locals/Regionals but is the USKG Worlds 8 YO yardage range. My just turned 7 YO would struggle at 2,100 yards right now.
For IMG there's no qualifier for 7-8 if you live outside San Diego county.  You only need to submit a player resume.  The yardages are definitely longer with IMG than with USK.
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:36 PM

View Postwildcatden, on 12 January 2018 - 03:13 PM, said:

View Postkekoa, on 12 January 2018 - 02:02 PM, said:

Looking at the scores from last year-  The winner of boys 7-8 shot (-13) with second place at (-12).  That is pretty nuts over 3 days.  Looking at the scorecard, length will not be a problem for my son, which I was a bit worried about at first.  Hopefully they accept his application.

No qualifier for 7-8 year olds? Or there are qualifiers but also open spots?   Yardage looks to be around 2,100-2,200 for the 7-8 YO's....which is a bit longer than the USKG Locals/Regionals but is the USKG Worlds 8 YO yardage range. My just turned 7 YO would struggle at 2,100 yards right now.

  I feel like 2,100 yards is perfect and wish USkids would follow suite.  

I'm going to email the director again to see if there is a limit on number of under 8 they accept.  She said I can't complete an entry form until February 2nd.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:48 PM

View Postleezer99, on 12 January 2018 - 02:06 PM, said:

View Postpropredicr, on 12 January 2018 - 01:52 PM, said:

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View Posthangontight, on 06 January 2018 - 08:00 AM, said:

Great points, wildcatdan.  What is the general perception  in CA of USKG Worlds Pinehurst as an option...do people hold it in highest esteem of junior golf tmnts 10u (as some on East Clast probably do , for kids under 10 at least) or is it on par with IMG and Callway?

I personally always get the USKG Worlds and Junior Worlds mixed up.  At first I thought it was the same tournament.  From the circle that I run in, they hold the USKG Worlds in very high regards.  For instance some players parents say a kid is 3rd in the world because they finished 3rd in the tournament.   We all know that statement is untrue.  

From my understanding, players under 8 can get into the IMG tournament by showing them a player score history.  I will try that for this year and it will be our first time playing this tournament.  I've heard some positive and some negatives about IMG.

I think I will give my son 1 more shot this year at the USKG worlds and then I will stop playing it.  I feel as though last year was kind of a warm up since we had no idea what to expect. This year, I will be much more prepared for the task at hand.  Two big things I will do different is to arrive 2 days earlier than I did.  Secondly, I will likely walk the course one day with a local caddy.  Prior to last year I had no idea how to read the grain on green.  This aspect is huge at Pinehurst.

My son played IMG Jr World, this past summer.  Was in pairing with a kid who finished top 45.  My kid had a mediocre day and shot 6 strokes better than this boy.  I saw that the same kid placed top 10, at US Kids Worlds!  Maybe had an off day when with my boy.

Looking at some of the others that my son was paired with, they finished about the same ranking at USKW...so, bottom-line is,  if you get parents willing to pay crazy amounts of money to fly their kids around the country or world, the kids need to be pretty good and the fields are going to be competitive.  

I know the qualifiers for IMG are only (two separate tourneys) 9 holes in NoCal. Not sure for SoCal/SD.   For the 9-10 yo.  Hopefully, on that day your boy plays lights out, because they only sent 4, last year from NoCal.

Best of Luck!

We'll have five IMG Qaulifiers this year through the SCPGA.  There are also another 3 qualifiers through FCG.

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Looking at the scores from last year-  The winner of boys 7-8 shot (-13) with second place at (-12).  That is pretty nuts over 3 days.  Looking at the scorecard, length will not be a problem for my son, which I was a bit worried about at first.  Hopefully they accept his application.

That 13 under was Dunham... he has won the last four years in a row.

edit: nevermind. Just saw that you were referencing 7-8 and I was referencing 9 year olds.

Phillip is an older, bigger kid.  He was close to 10 at the world championships.  Not to take anything away from him because he is obviously a great golfer.  US Kids favors older kids in the age bracket as well as longer hitters.  Phillip is long and I can only imagine he was hitting Driver Wedge into every hole.  He easily plays from 5800 yards and played a 4500 yard course at World's.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:58 PM

What would you describe as average vs long hitters for those ages (or age ranges)?  Curious....

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:49 PM

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What would you describe as average vs long hitters for those ages (or age ranges)?  Curious....

I'm speaking primarily towards 7 yrs old.  I would say long for driver is 160-170.  Average is in the 135 range.  Those averages should more or less carry over to irons.

It's really cool to see young kids develop and gain distance.  I vaguely remember when my son would hit driver barely over 100 yards.  Now he covers that yardage with a 5 or 6 iron.
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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:07 PM

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Phillip is an older, bigger kid.  He was close to 10 at the world championships.  Not to take anything away from him because he is obviously a great golfer.  US Kids favors older kids in the age bracket as well as longer hitters.  Phillip is long and I can only imagine he was hitting Driver Wedge into every hole.  He easily plays from 5800 yards and played a 4500 yard course at World's.

But do they let him go skiing?

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:51 AM

View Postkekoa, on 12 January 2018 - 05:49 PM, said:

View Postwildcatden, on 12 January 2018 - 04:58 PM, said:

What would you describe as average vs long hitters for those ages (or age ranges)?  Curious....

I vaguely remember when my son would hit driver barely over 100 yards.  Now he covers that yardage with a 5 or 6 iron.

LOL....  you say that like your kid is a seasoned 18 year old.  Isn’t your boy just 7?  Maybe a sign he plays too much?

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 10:51 AM

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View Postheavy_hitter, on 12 January 2018 - 03:48 PM, said:


Phillip is an older, bigger kid.  He was close to 10 at the world championships.  Not to take anything away from him because he is obviously a great golfer.  US Kids favors older kids in the age bracket as well as longer hitters.  Phillip is long and I can only imagine he was hitting Driver Wedge into every hole.  He easily plays from 5800 yards and played a 4500 yard course at World's.

But do they let him go skiing?

Interesting non sequitur (albeit a bit troll-ish)

After the original post you refer to, I asked some parents and coaches of kids who are some of the top athletes in the country for their respective sports (squash, swimming, tennis and fencing to be specific) if there are any activities they discourage kids from participating in, and most (although admittedly not all) try to steer the kids away from engaging in “risky”, once-in-a-while activities, including motocross, skiing, hang gliding, surfing etc

Reason?  Bad risk/reward, with plenty of other recreational options they could do instead (and even enjoy!) that wouldn’t potentially sideline them for a season or cause a more serious or permanent injury

Of course what is considered “risky” is subjective, and to be fair the small sample only included top 10ish athletes in the country in their respective sports, but I think it’s fair to say not everyone would agree with your (presumed given sarcasm) opinion



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:41 PM

View PostCTgolf, on 13 January 2018 - 10:51 AM, said:

View Postleezer99, on 12 January 2018 - 09:07 PM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 12 January 2018 - 03:48 PM, said:

Phillip is an older, bigger kid.  He was close to 10 at the world championships.  Not to take anything away from him because he is obviously a great golfer.  US Kids favors older kids in the age bracket as well as longer hitters.  Phillip is long and I can only imagine he was hitting Driver Wedge into every hole.  He easily plays from 5800 yards and played a 4500 yard course at World's.

But do they let him go skiing?

Interesting non sequitur (albeit a bit troll-ish)

After the original post you refer to, I asked some parents and coaches of kids who are some of the top athletes in the country for their respective sports (squash, swimming, tennis and fencing to be specific) if there are any activities they discourage kids from participating in, and most (although admittedly not all) try to steer the kids away from engaging in “risky”, once-in-a-while activities, including motocross, skiing, hang gliding, surfing etc

Reason?  Bad risk/reward, with plenty of other recreational options they could do instead (and even enjoy!) that wouldn’t potentially sideline them for a season or cause a more serious or permanent injury

Of course what is considered “risky” is subjective, and to be fair the small sample only included top 10ish athletes in the country in their respective sports, but I think it’s fair to say not everyone would agree with your (presumed given sarcasm) opinion

Sorry... couldn't resist the jab.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:50 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 13 January 2018 - 07:51 AM, said:

View Postkekoa, on 12 January 2018 - 05:49 PM, said:

View Postwildcatden, on 12 January 2018 - 04:58 PM, said:

What would you describe as average vs long hitters for those ages (or age ranges)?  Curious....

I vaguely remember when my son would hit driver barely over 100 yards.  Now he covers that yardage with a 5 or 6 iron.

LOL....  you say that like your kid is a seasoned 18 year old.  Isn’t your boy just 7?  Maybe a sign he plays too much?

So true... I see so many kids in SoCal at a young age that are single sport athletes.  It's not just golf but also basketball, baseball and so on.  Sort of unfortunate we don't have 'real' seasons here to force course closures.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:29 PM

[quote name='leezer99' timestamp='1515869459' post='16681170'][quote name='heavy_hitter' timestamp='1515847868' post='16679876']
[quote name='kekoa' timestamp='1515797354' post='16678088'][quote name='wildcatden' timestamp='1515794309' post='16677830']
What would you describe as average vs long hitters for those ages (or age ranges)?  Curious....
[/quote]

I vaguely remember when my son would hit driver barely over 100 yards.  Now he covers that yardage with a 5 or 6 iron.[/quote]

LOL....  you say that like your kid is a seasoned 18 year old.  Isn’t your boy just 7?  Maybe a sign he plays too much?
[/quote]

So true... I see so many kids in SoCal at a young age that are single sport athletes.  It's not just golf but also basketball, baseball and so on.  Sort of unfortunate we don't have 'real' seasons here to force course closures.[/quote]

It is great for them to play sports they aren’t as good at.  Let’s them relax and play sport just to play sport.  Being good, sometimes isn’t fun when you get older.  It is hard work to stay good, get good, or to be good.

[quote name='leezer99' timestamp='1515868905' post='16681120'][quote name='CTgolf' timestamp='1515858710' post='16680448']
[quote name='leezer99' timestamp='1515809223' post='16678840']
[quote name='heavy_hitter' timestamp='1515790116' post='16677518']
Phillip is an older, bigger kid.  He was close to 10 at the world championships.  Not to take anything away from him because he is obviously a great golfer.  US Kids favors older kids in the age bracket as well as longer hitters.  Phillip is long and I can only imagine he was hitting Driver Wedge into every hole.  He easily plays from 5800 yards and played a 4500 yard course at World's.
[/quote]

But do they let him go skiing?
[/quote]

Interesting non sequitur (albeit a bit troll-ish)

After the original post you refer to, I asked some parents and coaches of kids who are some of the top athletes in the country for their respective sports (squash, swimming, tennis and fencing to be specific) if there are any activities they discourage kids from participating in, and most (although admittedly not all) try to steer the kids away from engaging in “risky”, once-in-a-while activities, including motocross, skiing, hang gliding, surfing etc

Reason?  Bad risk/reward, with plenty of other recreational options they could do instead (and even enjoy!) that wouldn’t potentially sideline them for a season or cause a more serious or permanent injury

Of course what is considered “risky” is subjective, and to be fair the small sample only included top 10ish athletes in the country in their respective sports, but I think it’s fair to say not everyone would agree with your (presumed given sarcasm) opinion
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Sorry... couldn't resist the jab.[/quote]

It was funny.  Made my morning.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:39 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 13 January 2018 - 07:51 AM, said:

View Postkekoa, on 12 January 2018 - 05:49 PM, said:

View Postwildcatden, on 12 January 2018 - 04:58 PM, said:

What would you describe as average vs long hitters for those ages (or age ranges)?  Curious....

I vaguely remember when my son would hit driver barely over 100 yards.  Now he covers that yardage with a 5 or 6 iron.

LOL....  you say that like your kid is a seasoned 18 year old.  Isn’t your boy just 7?  Maybe a sign he plays too much?

Well he started at a young age and no he doesnt play enough.
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 08:52 PM

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.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 10:21 AM

View PostPalmetto 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.

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 12:31 PM

View Posthangontight, on 15 January 2018 - 10:21 AM, said:

View PostPalmetto 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.

At 7 years old, why does he need to play in larger tournament fields?  I can understand if he were playing for a ranking, but he isn't.  The field size doesn't mean anything at all.  Once you are on the course you are always in a group of 2-3 players.

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 03:03 PM

View Posthangontight, on 15 January 2018 - 10:21 AM, said:

View PostPalmetto 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.

Last year was weird for the Mount Pleasant chapter. For some reason, the numbers were low for the 8-9 age group. When my son played, the field would be at least 10 kids with 7 of them being good players.  I don't know what happen but I would keep an eye on it. You are correct that SCJGA caters to kids older than 7 but there is still some good stuff there. When he does get older, there are some great tourneys like the one in Florence and the Blade.

If you are near the Charleston area, there are two other tournaments to play in the summer. The Mt. Pleasant Junior Open which is held at Patriots Point. You can go through the Town of MP website for that. Also, the Al Esposito is held at Charleston Municipal Course and you can go through he City of Charleston website for that. They are independent tournaments that usually have good fields. The Muni course is kind of rough but fun otherwise.

Feel free to PM anytime. I am not on this website like I used to be since my son is heavily involved in basketball at the moment so if you don't hear from me right away that is why.

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