Grandson Kyle Pafford and his caddy (me) just finished a two day tournament, sponsored by La-Z-Boy, at Green Meadows Golf Course here in Monroe. Kyle had not played any golf so far this year, as his sport of choice is baseball. He played on two teams this year which left little time for golf.
His mother Tara (my oldest daughter) heard about the La-Z-Boy Open from Kyle’s buddy on the ball team Matt Zwack. Matt’s grandma and grandpa own River Raisin Golf Course, so Matt is well schooled in all aspects of the game. Kyle was interested in playing to at least get some experience with tournament competition. I had but a couple days to take Kyle to the driving range, as did his mother Tara. We got three visits under our belt, but never were able to actually get on a course. Wednesday was the first round of golf Kyle played this year and he was a little rusty. He was the youngest player in his 10 and under group, but he didn’t get buried by the older more experienced boys the first day.
Today was a whole different story. Kyle went to the driving range Wednesday evening and again Thursday morning before his round. I tried to change some fundamental flaws in his swing and set-up and it really clicked with Kyle. His mother worked with him, as I wasn’t available, but she stuck to our game plan beautifully. Even though Kyle came in last on day one he turned that completely around and came in second on day two, which gave him a third place for the tournament. Not bad for the first time on the golf course this year. His round today was a 49 (9 holes) which was just shy of Matts 45! Matt won the tournament and deservedly so. He’s a good little golfer. I hope Kyle can incorporate both baseball and golf into his future plans. The way he’s going he’ll be beating his “caddy” in a year or two! Way to go Kyle.