Golf is big here in Michigan. I have belonged to the Links of Lake Erie for 4 years now and was a member of Demme Acres for 4 years prior to that. Up around camp we have Garland, Sidewinder, Cedar Valley, and Fairview. Monroe has a ton more from nine to 36 holes of enjoyment for all skill levels.
Three years ago my 6 year old grandson Kyle took an interest in golfing, but like most 6 year old’s no one expected his interest to last! His parents bought him a set of clubs suitable for a kid and he actually put enough time in it for me to take him out on a par three course. He shot a 58 from the women’s tee’s beating the two elderly ladies playing in front of us. They seemed quite impressed and so was I.
Well the next year he still wanted to hit that little white ball around and at the end of the year we played the same par three and he managed to shoot a 49! Quite an improvement for the now 7 year old!
Upon turning 8 he was upgraded to a better and more suitable set of clubs, but didn’t get out to play hardly at all due to the fact that he’s the star player on his baseball team. toward the end of the year his mother wanted him to compete in the La-Z-Boy Open golf outing at Green Meadows golf course. She wanted Papa (his coach) to go along with him and see what a 8 year old could do in the 10 year old and younger group. With only two rounds on the par three and never any playing time on Green Meadows I was reluctant to sign him up, but I did! He would play two days at 9 holes a day.
First day I found out there were only 5 kids in his group, but one of them was on a golf league at the course that his grandparents owned. Two other kids also played in a golf league. Well I figured we were in for quite a golf lesson. First day Kyle came in dead last with a round of 60! We changed our game plan and I tweaked a few things on his swing and the 2nd. day started off with a bang! Kyle played some great golf and took low score honors for the second nine holes which allowed him to take third place in the tournament. He even beat the young man who’s grandparents own the golf course (at least on that 2nd. day.)
This brings us to 2014 as Kyle is now a nine year old. I had him play Green Meadows 7 times before the tournament and his mother even took him out a few times. I suggested he was ready for an upgrade to his clubs, so a nice set of youth Callaways was a birthday present for Kyle. This year there were eight (8) kids in his group so they split them up by groups of four. Kyle was in with a group which included a 10 year old that was a member of the Sylvania Country Club and played in a travel youth league. The other group consisted of the twin brother of that kid plus another youth league player, and last years champ who’s grandparents own a golf course! Talk about some stiff competition!
First day Kyle keeps up with Mr. Country Club and shoots a 48 on the front nine, while (Matt) shot a 47 to take the days honors for all eight players. Last years champ shot a 49 so Kyle had him by one stroke which was pretty amazing if you ask me. On the back nine two kids had dropped out so they played everyone together. They had made me the official score keeper, but I had to make sure all the other parents were on the same page as I was. This year you could not coach your kid, so they were on their own. The Country Club twins fell apart and you could tell it was going to be a heads up duel between Kyle and last years champ! What a great match these two kids put on and the very last hole would decide the winner. The kids didn’t know the official score at any time! Kyle hit one of his shorter drives and “the champ” drove one long. Kyle bombed his second shot on the green about 30 feet from the hole. “The Champ” put one within 10 foot of the cup and at the time I was the only one to know that they were tied for that round. Kyle putted first and came up 10 foot short (his worst put of the day!) The Champ missed his 10 footer, but had a tap in par. Kyle had to sink the 10 footer for an outright win or 2 put for a tie. The little guy carefully lined up his put (see picture) and dropped the ball in the hole to become the 10 and under La-Z-Boy Champ for 2014. Wow what a feeling! Way to go Kyle! You must have an awesome coach! Ha! Ha!