Friday, July 31, 2015

Pinehurst Kids Golf Worlds - Opening Round 1 Completed! AA Rocked a 37!

9 Holes • Longleaf Golf and Country Club - What a HOT day! With a R1 afternoon tee time, we were guaranteed a blistering sunny day. As spectators, we were able to seek what shade the course afforded; but by the 7th Hole, I felt heat stroke coming on! AA and Caddie Maria labored on, doing great. AA played well!
We have cooled our bodies, drinking even more liquids, ready for Round 2 - Tee Time 10:21 am.
Hole #1 - Hearing the rules, ready to play with Megan MENG
Lawrenceville, NJ and Chanelle WANGARI, Nairobi - KENYA.

Hot, Hot, Hot!!!
Ninth Hole:
Scores and R2 tee Times:
Foundation Golf Academy - Congratulations to Alyzabeth Morgan whose steady play earned her a one over par 37 and a spot in the top 10 after the first round of the US Kids World Championships. AA was one inch away from an eagle of the 6th hole which was incredible. FGA is so proud of how you stayed focused in the 100° heat. Good luck in Round 2.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FGA Dinner and the KIDS!

We enjoyed dinner with the Foundation Golf Academy families! Coach Jason and Caddie Maria rock!

Wednesday at Pinehurst - Worlds - Part 4

The official practice day has come and gone. AA had a good round with her Caddie Maria. They were able to take their time and use an extra ball. We chatted with several families including Canadian Dino Borovilos (daughter Vanessa age 9), Marc, dad of Parker Jules (Georgia/MD) and Olivia Ikeda's Grandfather (FL).
Let's hope that AA's "A" game is here the next three days! She is using a new ball that Coach Jason has her trying, seems to give her a little more distance, the Volvik Crystal.
Coach Jason gave AA some PUMA slap wrap bands (bracelets) to hand out at the parade. We saved a few for her to give out during the three day tournament.

Always looking at the lay of the hole:
The south entrance to Longleaf:
AA played/practice with California 9-year old, Mimi Whang:
We have a cook-out dinner invite tonight with the FGA group and expecting Coach Kathy Nyman (Jacksonville - Deercreek) to arrive!

Pinehurst - Rental House - 108 Woodburn Road

We were fortunate to find this rental home at the last minute, right near Midland/Long Leaf Golf Courses (off Airport Road).
Side yard/deck:

Deck water feature:
Backyard - chipping opportunity! 40 yards!
The outdoor cat:
Inside (plus three small bedrooms and 1.5 baths). We only have one complaint, the eat-in kitchen is way too small for more than three people; having a family over for a meal, you must move to the outside deck, or several people are standing while eating!
A wonderful place to stay!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pinehurst - U.S. Kids Golf Foundation - Opening Parade of Countries

The Worlds Country Parade was so crowded last year, and no change this year! We ran into the Raines (Ohio) family, Amelia Cobb family, a few Orlando families - Coultoff and DeWitt's. Also, Tyler Mawhinney from Eagle Harbor, Zoe Duval and her Dad, plus the Tori Mouton family. We saw Phillip in the parade, but I didn't get a photo so stole his Mom's from Facebook! We have yet to see the Fleming's, Douvey's, Dunham's and Chao's. Since we all play on different courses, it is hard to all meet up.
Amelia with AA in front of the American Flag:

Phillip, in the parade, Champion 2014:
Watching from Daddy's shoulders:

The bag pipes:
Finally moving forward - follow that USA flag!
The OHIO group - loud and proud!
Tori trying the bow and arrow game:
Everyone is ready to get this tournament started!

Pinehurst Worlds 2015 - Registration Tuesday - Part 2

Registration went smooth, signing in, reserving a spectator cart, photos taken; plus posing outside beside the Payne Stewart statue, the Putter Boy statue and the demo day (trying longer clubs).

Payne Stewart pose, an annual tradition:
Trying out the longer clubs; looks like she won't have a problem moving up to them after Pinehurst:
Caddie Maria told us about her sister's plaque (Vanessa) for winning the Junior North-South Championship - 1983, AA could barely reach it to point:
We learned about the Putter Boy:
And AA's tee time for Thursday:
Ready to WIN!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

First few Days at Pinehurst - Worlds 2015 Part 1 Practice Rounds

We arrived in Pinehurst on Sunday late afternoon, not a very long drive, but with a few stops and lunch, it took us 7.5 hours. We love the little rental house we found at the last minute. We reserved a hotel room, but were so fortunate to find a house that was just coming back on the market to rent by the week. So much room and a large back yard (and less expensive than a hotel). 
Love having the extra space and full kitchen.
Monday morning was the first practice round. Coach Jason and Caddie Maria will be with AA all three practice rounds, then they will be running to the other four student each day. 
Day 1 Practice (Tee time 10:24):

Coach Jason and Maria's car: AA is in the upper left corner; other FGA students here: Karoline, Samuel, Shawn and Aaron.
Monday night we had some people over (Coaches Jason and Maria and Tuttles) for a spaghetti dinner; all was good except for the tiny dining area and a thunderstorm rolled in just as we were going to eat! The outside deck is great, and that is where we were going to spread out, so all ended up in the crowded tiny eat-in kitchen. 
Day 2 Practice Round - Tuesday (Tee time 07:32):
AA driving the cart.
Practicing from the bunker/sand trap:
Ninth Hole:
Good round!
This is from Jason (via Facebook): What an amazing practice round by AA & caddie/coach Maria Castellucci. They make an incredible team I had the privilege of driving them around, well AA actually did the steering.