Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Drive, Chip, & Putt

Our kids recently competed in the PGA's Drive, Chip, & Putt competition and they were so excited.  Actually, they were so nervous is a better description.  Our son had a little meltdown the night before and said he "wasn't ready", but after a good night's sleep he was fine and ready to go.  We really had no idea what to expect.  We knew what they had said on the website, but really until you do something like that you don't know how it will go.  We didn't get there too early because we thought it might be a lot of waiting around which we aren't fans of.  In hindsight we should have gotten there way earlier to allow for more time to warm up. Since our kids are so close in age they only had like 15 minutes between when they competed so it was hard to be watching one kid and warming up another.  And by the time we signed in, got our free water (it felt like 100 degrees out that day) and our free balls to warm up with, we didn't have much time for actual warming up.  I don't think my daughter even did any practice chip shots because she was watching her brother hit his drives.  Next year will go much smoother now that we know what to expect.  Overall it was very well run and it went fast!  Which is good in most cases, except for the whole having 2 kids and wanting to watch them both.  First, they hit 3 drives and scored a certain number of points based on distance.  Then they went immediately to the chipping station and hit 3 chips where they had marked circles around the hole and they got points based on which circle their ball landed in.  Lastly, they headed right to the putting green which was literally steps from the chipping and they hit 3 putts.  They had 3 balls all set up for them at 3 different distances.  I think they were 6 feet, 15 feet, and 30 feet.  That was it.  The scorers marked the scores for the kids and the kids just handed their scorecards to the next official.  Then they had to turn it in at the end and sign it to make it official.  Just like the pros. :)  The kids had a lot of fun and it was so good for them to experience.  They were glad to see that there wasn't too much of a crowd watching the kids. Most parents were too focused on giving last minute tips to their own kids to watch other people's kids.  We only watched the kids who went right before ours.  All the kids did pretty well though.  It was fun to see other kids who are passionate about golf!  So, the big news is that one of our kids got a ribbon!  Scroll through the photos to see which one it was. ;)

I only took photos during their practice swings.  I was nervous the sound of the shutter would distract them on their real shots!  Paranoid mom...

Waiting around for her turn. She was so nervous, but I think she hid it well.

Somehow I completely missed getting photos of his chip shots.  It really went so fast!  This was after he holed his 6 foot putt and the official was waiting for a fist bump. :)  That's the circle and hole for the chip shots behind them.  

Next putt.  That's the last ball all set up behind him and waiting to go.

As soon as her brother was done we went straight over to see her (I was so afraid I would miss seeing her drive) and she was next up.  Just made it.

Practice swing.

I think this was the real swing...the ball is gone, so I guess?!

     Here she is chipping.  She definitely should have warmed up on this because she didn't do so hot on it.

   Putting.

If you know my girl's name you can find it. :)

And the big announcement of the day....my girl got a ribbon for putting!!!  I must take the time to mention that our kids got the exact same overall score and the same score in putting.  My son didn't take it too well that they scored the same and she got a ribbon and he didn't.  If you notice on the boards in this photo you can see the boys standings on the right and the girls on the left to see the difference in the number of competitors.  It was rough trying to get him to understand that she had a numbers advantage.  We are super proud of her though!!

She's already ready for her next competition.  She was so excited to win her first ever award.  :)  I think it's the first of many to come!

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