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Junior Golf in Calgary

Hello friends, golfers, parents and juniors!

Junior golf is the key component to keeping our game healthy and strong for years to come.

Golf Canada has recently released Iphone and Ipad apps to assist coaches and parents in the instruction and guidance of junior golfers. The concepts here are products of extensive research, and a large amount of the content will be beneficial for any sport, for anyone, at any age. There are numerous activities for golf that can be done inside during the winter, with the appropriate equipment.

Ages 4-15 Learn to Play App

Ages 14-18 Learn to Compete App

  • If you are a junior and fall into these ages, please download the apps and use them.
  • If you’re a parent of a junior that either plays golf, plays a sport, or just wants to be better at stuff, please download and use.
  • If you’re an adult, but you wonder why kids can beat you at golf, please download and use the app.
  • If you’re a gym teacher, volunteer, aunt or uncle, coach or just want to learn more about how golf is taught, download and read when you have a chance!

These lay the groundwork to become a winner. To set yourself apart and break barriers in your own golf game, you’ll need a customized approach to your specific needs, wants and desires within the game of golf. Use these apps to solve what golf problems they can, and call me for the rest.

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Tournament Summary 2012

What a great season! Thanks very much to the PGA of Alberta and the host courses for doing an excellent job this year! It is always very challenging, especially with our crazy Alberta weather, to set up and finish tournaments in a set time period. Many of us pros only have a small window to get out with the boys and compete, so thanks again to the PGA for their efforts. Also, thanks to all the competitors for bringing their best each time and making the events the most fun I’ve played in!

 

Tournament Date Venue Score Finish Points
Tour Championship Sep 04, 2012 Blackhawk Golf Club 148 T8 24
Assistants Championship Aug 13, 2012 Lewis Estates GC 152 19 15
PGA of Alberta Championship Jul 11, 2012 Calgary Elks Lodge GC 142 2 30
Players Tour – Silver Springs Jun 26, 2012 Silver Springs G&CC 154 15 12
Professional Series – Turner Valley Jun 11, 2012 Turner Valley GC 76 18 0
Players Tour – Sturgeon Valley May 16, 2012 Sturgeon Valley GC 147 T6 21
Match Play Championship Apr 30, 2012 Red Deer G&CC  2nd 2 30

 

So there it is. Oh, and the Alberta Open at Carnmoney (not part of the APGA Events) where I played well in the wind and finished 3rd. Wes Hefernan won the tournament and my training partner at The Athlete Factory, Scott Stiles, finished 2nd.

My goal to “do less” when planning and hitting each golf shot worked wonders. While I did play close to 50 rounds (which served as my practice), there was not much done on the practice green or the driving range at all. By far the least I’ve practiced in my career. I knew this was going to be the case, so I developed a simpler routine.

I made sure to not think at all about the next shot, until I saw the lie from 3 feet away. I made sure to take a very close look at the ball/lie before allowing any ‘thinking’ or ‘planning’ to occur. First step was lie analysis, then ideal carry yardage, and a target line, then a real practice swing holding the finish, then a final decision and commitment, then the swing to the finish. My post shot routine was simply saying, good balance Todd (or similar) and putting my clubs away. From the moment I look down at the golf ball, to the moment I put my clubs away, I did my best to have the emotion of gratitude. To sum up, I tried as hard as I could on every shot, but only for 45-60 seconds and then moved on.

While I did have some solid finishes (2 in the Match Play, 2nd in the PGA Championship and 3rd at the Alberta Open), my goals next year will require more discipline and practice.

Thanks Dr. Rick Jensen for this line “golf is only stressful if your expectations exceed your skill”, as I had the most fun golfing that I’ve had in years!

Thanks for reading and following!

PGA of Alberta Teacher of the Year Finalist 2012

Hello friends,

I am proud to announce that I have been nominated for, and now a finalist for the PGA of Alberta Teacher of the Year 2012! I feel very honored to be a finalist, but more excited for my students. I have gotten some tremendous feedback this year, some huge successes and improvements. I learned so much about my own philosophy, teaching style, goals for my career and motivation to continue playing competitively.

When I learned that I was a finalist, my first thoughts were who to thank..how typical.. But seriously, that’s what it was. Then I truly realized how long that list would be, even if it only pertained to my golf teaching career.

Ages 5-14

Kevin Snell
Kerry Ward
Greg McGarry

Ages 15-19

Jim Jempson
Norm Gray, Ken Wasslen and Phil Kerbrat – 3 amateurs at Willow that taught me how to compete.

Ages 19-25

Ted Webster
Paul Horton
Randy Robb
Matt Rollins
Bryan Carbery
Jay Myren
Brian Kollman
Rob Connelly
Stephen Ames
Henry Brunton

and literally hundreds of Canadian Tour professionals that helped me along the way, notably,
Mitch Gillis
Stu Anderson
Mike Mezei
Kris Wasylowich
Scott Stiles

Ages 26-29

Brian Benedictson
Mark Sweeney
John Graham
Alex Riggs
Jason Sutton
Jason Helman
Glenn Cundari
Robin Bauer
Paul Balsom
Alan Robertson

If you didn’t make this list, do not panic. It means you are either one of hundreds more people that have helped me progress and succeed in this game, or your role is more important than worrying about being part of a list.

Thanks all for helping me.

Cheers!

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