First tee jitters…bring ‘em on!

The Mental Game by Michael Riggs

I work with talented amateur and professional golfers on a daily basis, helping each to think and play more effectively. They come to me for a variety of reasons: to improve their confidence, to better their tournament mindset, to learn to “get in the present”, to move from a great practice player to a skilled competitor, or to learn to recover and stay mentally focused after a poor hole. But, there is one theme that comes my way on a very regular basis -- how to overcome the first tee jitters.

You may find my solution quite surprising.


Are You Waiting for Tournament Success Before Contacting College Golf Coaches?

Article by Coach Goetze

During a recent phone call with one of my junior golf clients, we were discussing the optimal time to begin sending introductory emails to coaches on his “best-fit” list of schools. (See Going to College article, “Where Should I Attend College to Study and Play Golf?” for details about how to target best-fit schools.) I mentioned that emailing or writing coaches in May or June at the conclusion of his sophomore year in high school would be an appropriate time in his case.

Interestingly, my client was hesitant about this timing. He was concerned that coaches wouldn’t be interested in him as a recruit because he had not yet had a top finish in a high-level regional or national tournament. His perspective was, “Shouldn’t I wait to contact coaches until I become a stronger player with at least one impressive showing?”


Getting Fit for Clubs

Article By Matt Wilkes - Expert Club Fitter & Head Instructor - Mike Bender Golf Academy

Getting fit for clubs these days can be a daunting task. There are such a variety of club companies to choose from that it can be difficult to decide which brand to go with. These days many country clubs, public courses and off-course retailers who offer club fitting make it more difficult to choose where to go to be fit. Here are a few important factors that we offer at the Mike Bender Golf Academy and would suggest considering next time you decide to get fit.


Importance of Flexibility

Championship Fitness by Kelly Shobe

Young golfers typically desire more distance from their golf swing. Therefore, as muscles are developed, maintaining good flexibility and balance will be key! If flexibility is defined as ‘the range of motion around a joint in the body’, then improving it through “static” stretching (during and after workouts) is crucial. Static stretching is a stationary ‘hold’ of the muscle.

Read about some specific stretching exercises in my article by selecting "More..." below.


Golf Canada

Matt LeMay rallies to win Ontario Junior Boys’ Championship

Entering the final day of the Golf Association of Ontario’s (GAO) 2014 Investors Group Junior Boys’ Championship at Timberwolf Golf Club, Waterloo’s Matt LeMay was three shots and four spots back of the lead. However, a spectacular round of five-under (67) catapulted the 18-year-old Whistle Bear Golf Club member to the title.

The final round began with Carter Simon and Charles Corner in a tie for the lead at even par. But, LeMay would have a bogey-free round to help him make up ground. LeMay birdied the first hole and then pared the rest of the front nine. He began the back with a birdie on No. 10, followed by an eagle on 11. LeMay sealed the win with a birdie on 18 to claim the championship.


Legends Junior Tour (LJT)

Ashni Dhruva capture Flodder Financial Shootout

Conducted by the Legends Junior Tour, the Flodder Financial Shootout was played at Katy's Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club. The course played 6,840 yards for the Boys 15-18 division, 6,405 yards for the Boys 14 & Under division, and 5,870 yards for all girls. The Flodder Financial group signed on as a title sponsor for last year's inaugural event and is in the second year of a three-year sponsorship. Flodder Financial Group; helps you prepare for your financial as you do in golf, with solid preparation, dedication, and a firm follow through.

In the Girls 12-18 division, Druva entered the day in a tie for third place, 2 shots back. She played in the penultimate pairing, and carded a 1-under 71. She had five birdies on her day, including three in the final three holes. It was her second LJT event, winning this event in 2013 as well. She won by two shots over Courtney Bryant and Ariana Saenz, who finished at 1-over 145 for the tournament.



Independent Events

FCG World Championship
July 21 - 23, 2014

TCR National Championship - Alvamar
July 29 - 31, 2014

College Prep Golf Tour - Salisbury CC
September 13-14, 2014