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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The littlest golfers

If you've been hanging around here a while, you know that golf is a summer tradition for our crazy kiddos. They all participate in golf clinics and tournaments. And as they get older, some of them have a more natural ability to do it than others. As a blue-collar gal I have no such childhood experiences, and now I totally see the benefits of learning good sportsmanship, respect, constraint all taught along side the sport of golf. It's really a wonderful sport for kids to learn!
Tess has been participating in this clinic for a few years now, and she has been steadily improving each year. Honestly, golf isn't her thing. But she likes being with the other kids, and she's super duper competitive so she still enjoys participating. Sometimes she misses the ball altogether. Oh well. Tess took 2nd in her division this year, scoring an 11 on 1 hole.
Mimi did pretty well this year too. She was one of the youngest participants, and she wasn't sure about all that daily practice. But she did it mostly because Tess and Jude did each day, and she because she wanted to participate in the tournament. And of course she loved wearing all that pink, including a pink golf bag! For 1 hole she scored a 28. Not too bad because she had lots of fun doing it!
She's still sticking out her tongue when she concentrates!  LUV that! 
 I mean that's a pretty adorable foursome!
Jude has been playing golf for a few years now too. Despite his diminutive size and occasional bum feet, Jude is quite athletic. If he can't be playing, watching or talking about baseball, (his very favorite sport) he wants to be swinging a golf club. He really enjoys golf, loves playing with his buddies and is pretty good at it. This year he knows about the sport enough (and it's etiquette) that we let him play by himself in the afternoons. Jude's bag weighs next to nothing, but I figure when you only weigh 40 lbs, it couldn't hurt to have a pull cart. His feet have been bugging him quite a bit this summer, probably just from continuing to build up muscles after this last year's treatment and casting. Jude is very often seen limping on the last hole and as he comes home. Poor buddy, but he insists on playing!

Jude was one of the youngest boys in his division and played 3 holes in the tournament this year, scoring a 28! Papa has had high hopes with many of the crazy kiddos playing golf, and maybe, just maybe he might have found his sunset golf partner in Jude. Fingers crossed!
This is Jude and his steady golf buddy, Ben, on the right. These 2 try to play a few holes by themselves each afternoon. They are adorable! Lucky we have a club that not only accommodates children playing but encourages it.
To answer your question, (okay maybe you weren't asking but whatever) I did try to learn to play golf several years back. I gave it a good go too and took lessons for a couple months, practiced and everything! And after a couple months it still felt like the most completely unnatural sport ever invented. My body contorted in the most unusual shapes. Sadly, it was never fun. But I can talk the talk, cheer on my favorite players with a respectful golf clap, and I drive that little cart with a glass of wine in my hand really well!

1 comment:

  1. With that golf (?) cap, sweet Mimi resembles a pro! All lovely photos of curse. Chuckled at your last paragraph- and maybe cheering them on with a glass of wine as well.


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