Quite often, Steve and I are asked to help parents put together competitive opportunities for young players who really enjoy golf. We are advocates of having young folks compete – however, there are appropriate levels as a player is developing. Too much, too early can overwhelm a player; too little, too late can leave them far behind when high school try-outs begin. We are also mindful of the costs involved: travel, days off for driving, and entry fees can present a challenge. The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities for a player to develop locally before making any major investments, and then there is balance – Steve and I are big advocates of multi-sport cross training, learning to drive and ample family time.
When a child should begin competing is really dependent upon the players exposure to the game. Programs like League and a Lesson and Skills Camp are good avenues into the flow and etiquette of the game. The Parent/Child events hosted by the Bobbie Barnett Foundation are fun for all players, but are also a good place to start for those who a bit raw on the rules. Team events tend to be less intimidating than stroke play events for middle school and jv players. By the time a player signs up for a stroke play event, he or she should have a fairly decent command of the basic rules and etiquette.
Below is an easy to follow list of summer events in our area. Let’s all get out and enjoy the game!
Carolyn Barnett-Howe, PGA
Bobbie Barnett Memorial Foundation Summer Schedule
This summer’s schedule has something for everyone: 2 stroke plays at local country clubs, which we are co-hosting with the WPGA; a team format event and two of our ever-popular parent/child events. Oh, and a trip to the Women’s US Open! Learn More…
June – Appleton City Tournament, Reid GC
July – Post-Crescent, Reid GC
July – Insurance Services, Mid Vallee (Girls’ Only)
Check with the golf courses for details on each event. If there is a course you frequent, ask about their junior program and club championship
WPGA Tour Events
Stay and play locally, these a few of our picks:
- June 11, North Shore CC, Menasha*
- June 18, Pine Hills, Sheboygan
- July 2, Oneida CC, Green Bay
- July 13, Rolling Meadows, Fond du Lac
- July 25, Eagle Creek, Hortonville
- July 31, Shamrock Heights, New London
- Aug 9, Ridgeway CC, Neenah
*College players may participate in a new college division.
Getting ready for college golf requires an entirely different level of commitment. Follow the link below to read about the process we have used to help over 40 players move on to college golf.
- League and a Lesson
- Thursday Girls’
- Family Lessons