JBirdUt, on 07 October 2012 - 09:43 PM, said:
Daughter just shot 1 under in her U.S kids local, from 1900 yards. She birdied four of the first six holes. She had one bogie and one double. The rest of the holes were pars. This betters her best round by five stokes. It was great watching her play at a level I wish I could play at. It was great to see all her practicing pay off.
She will play in the Desert Shootout, in Phoenix, this next February.
Man that's great. How old is she? My kid started at 10, but I wish I started her just a bit younger.
It's quite a balancing act parenting a junior golfer. You want them to keep up with it and not miss critical development of their game during these formative years, but you don't want to drive them away from it or make it seem like a job either. My 13 year old loves the game, but I can see that she has lost a little of her motivation and drive to practice because it is more important (to her) to "hang out" with her friends, rather than go to the golf course with dad.
Speaking with parents of other junior girls it seems like there is a hump to get over between ages 12-16. A lot of hormones and emotions make it quite the roller coaster ride. Rare is the kid with a singular focus to improve who is willing to make the sacrifices it takes (like missing a weekend party, etc) to rise to a high competitive level.