The Junior Events That Will Get You Noticed

by US Golf Camps

Over the last 20 years, the number of junior golf events in the United States has doubled each year. Junior golfers at any age now have many opportunities to play competitively. The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) has been the leader and most competitive junior golf tournament series for the past 20 years. With alumni like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Michelle Wie, and Paula Creamer, it’s easy to see why the AJGA is known for producing strong players. A recent survey showed that 98% of AJGA players went on to college and nearly 75% of the players received some type of athletic scholarship. So as you can see the best juniors in the country are playing in AJGA events. If you play at that level, college coaches will come find you. The main thing to remember is that not all college players played in the AJGA and there are a lot of other tournaments that will get you noticed.

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Watch and Learn from the Best

by Brandi Jackson

As a junior golfer you can always learn something from other players, especially ones who have reached a level that you are aiming to reach. This past week was a great example of learning from the best, and you could have done it all from the comfort of your own home. If you are a young female golfer and you didn’t catch any of the Solheim Cup, you really missed a huge opportunity to learn and get inspired. I know it had me glued to the TV all weekend, especially Sunday morning as the US team mounted one of the biggest come backs in golf history. It was so exciting to watch it all unfold. Having had the honor to play with most of the girls from the US team and several of the Europe team members, I enjoyed every minute of watching them battle it out for their country and work together as a team.

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Getting on Top of Your Game in the Off-Season

It’s only natural to take time off, especially during the winter months, when inclement or extremely cold weather in many parts of the country makes enjoying a round of golf next to impossible. And we all understand the importance of taking a break, giving our minds and bodies the chance to rest and rejuvenate. But as necessary as taking a breather is, there are still many things we can do to prepare for the upcoming golf season. Whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, spring will be on its way before we know it, and it will soon be time to start swinging again.

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Is it Too Early to Start Thinking About College Golf?

by Brandi Jackson

After giving up my professional golf career in 2010, I started working with junior golf families throughout the college recruiting process. I was speaking at high schools and tournaments all across the country about the realities of college recruiting and how to navigate the process. This was the first time I had become aware of how much the process had changed since I had gone through it as a junior golfer. One of the biggest eye openers for me was how early the process starts (and ends) and how unaware some families were about what it takes to play at the college level.

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The Five Keys to Mental Toughness in Golf

by Jeff Troesch

If you have any interest in seeing the impact that mental toughness has on sport performance first hand, go no further than the PGA or LPGA Qualifying tournaments or “Q-School”. Each year for the past several years, I have worked with players on site during this event. A great many of the conversations that the players have are a rehashing of their performance this past year on the PGA, LPGA, Nationwide, or mini-tour circuits. What I have heard frequently are things that could help the junior golfer get a head start in his or her career.

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Telltale Signs of a Golfing Burnout

by Betty Baird Kregor

When I was playing junior golf in the 1960’s and 70’s. there were just a handful of national and statewide tournaments and relatively few girls playing the game. My junior year of high school, girlfriends across the county and I highly anticipated the arrival of the AJGA and couldn’t wait to enter the few events that would make up the first national “tour” for accomplished junior golfers.

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Practice…Practice…Practice!

by Abbey Algiers

Players of the 21st century seem destined to break through boundaries as never before. Prior to 1980, only one player, Al Geiberger, ever shot a tournament score of 59 (13 under par), and only a handful of others shot 60. With the new millennium came a couple of unofficial 58s. Annika Sorenstam, the only woman to have shot a tournament 59, had publicly declared her goal to shoot a 54; it has become her mantra and the mantra of many. It is quite obvious a new standard is being set.

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