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On ‎8‎/‎26‎/‎2019 at 2:26 PM, Patch said:

I just recieved my first, personal association with H.S.. Golf. 

My GDaughter sent me info on a night tournament her highschool team is sponsoring. She needs to fill out a team of four @ $100.00 each. There are 8 young ladies on their team. These Ladies, with supervision, will not play, but will manage the entire event. 

The $100.00 includes the 18 hole golf play, glow ball(s), dinner, non alcohol beverages, assorted other golf games with in the game, mulligans, and raffles. Extra raffle, and mulligan tickets can be purchased for $2.00 each. (another $100.00 most likely)

Obviously I am in, and have already told others in our "old guys" golfing group that I expect them register for this soiree too. We always support each other's ppersonal endeavors.  Probably will be 8-9 guys contacting my GDaughter for entry. 

I was some what surprised at this event being being front, and center, before any actual team play. I understand the need to generate monies for traveling league play, and equipment as needed. I just thought we would see a playing schedule first.

Another thing that surprised me was the fact that these young Ladies will also be graded as to how well they run this tournament. They will learn, in addition to a golf swing, some of the things that go on,  managing a golf course/tournament. I just thought it was solely going to be a competion thing against other teams their division. The youngsters are going to learn more about the golf game, than just playing it.  I like this added concept. 

Sounds like fun to me. If something like that would happen around me I would sign up in a heart beat. I am all for helping out the high school sports programs in my area. Lord knows they need it around here.

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On 8/6/2019 at 1:13 PM, The Flush said:

My son played his first ever competitive round of golf today and it was a member of his high school team.  He is not very skilled as he has really only played for less than a year and has not had any lessons. His team practices/tryouts consisted of 3 days of a little range work and then 9 holes of golf. There has been essentially zero instruction. It appears everyone is expected to develop on their own and then show up to play. The team ace is the home course pro's son, who is close to a scratch golfer (shot a 37 today).  The rest of the team is probably around bogey golf +/- 5 strokes on average, with some rounds much higher.  My son said there were a few kids who tried out who are really, really bad. So far the best he has shot is a 46 against par 35. He shot a 56 today on a course he had never seen before. I suggested to my son that his goal for the year might be to get his average to bogey or better.  During one round this year another twosome joined my son and I for the last few holes as were backed up waiting on others and in the course of conversation HS golf was brought up. One of them mentioned that he has seen a lot of HS golf on that course and that my son would have no problem competing based on what little he saw of his game and the other HS golfers he has seen.  So other than a few good players, it appears southern Ohio HS golf is not very high level. We live in a rural, high poverty area, so I am sure that affects the level of play around here. I am making a lot of assumptions since I have not really witnessed many other HS golfers play.

What is high school golf like in your area?

It can depend on where you are, even in a relatively small metropolitan area. If you're in a wealthier suburb where kids have the benefits of a country club membership and instruction, the golf is liable to be very good. If you're out away from the urban centers, it's liable to be another story. 

Last year we played at a local course in the village of Cortland, OH. This is in NE Ohio. Quite a nice course that's been around a while and not all that easy. I was nursing a beer in the shade when boys all dressed in like colors started showing up, and I realized a high school golf match was going to be played there. So, I got another beer and sat back to watch them tee off. The schools represented were definitely in the "exurbs/country part of the county, and there were a whole lot of "baseball swings" on display that day!

The kids just go out there and do the best they can. I read the high school golf scores in the paper. In the richer communities you will see scores, for a 5 person team, in the low 200's, with the lead dog typically shooting in the 30's. For the farther out teams, you will typically see scores in the mid to upper 200's, with the top dog typically shooting in the high 40's to low 50's. I've seen scores in the 70's for 9 holes!  

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Today was my Granddaughter's first tournament.

As a freshman, they played some sort of 9 hole scramble/bestball format. It was kind of tough to understand, since all info was sent to us via text msg, and/or instagram. We are still about 700 miles from home.

Our Granddaughter had a great time she said. Her shots of the day were 5 tee shots, that her team used for their round. She didn't elaborate just how good they were, just that they used them to hit their second shots from them. There was also no mention of scores....... 

The other bright spot was they basically were on a 80, (160 rt) mile road trip from home, which also meant they missed several actual classes. Grades decides who travels with the team. 

She also informed me she gets "free golf" at "Her Home Course", anytime she wants.

Here all along I thought it was my home course.......gesssh.

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11 hours ago, Buckeyebowman said:

It can depend on where you are, even in a relatively small metropolitan area. If you're in a wealthier suburb where kids have the benefits of a country club membership and instruction, the golf is liable to be very good. If you're out away from the urban centers, it's liable to be another story. 

Last year we played at a local course in the village of Cortland, OH. This is in NE Ohio. Quite a nice course that's been around a while and not all that easy. I was nursing a beer in the shade when boys all dressed in like colors started showing up, and I realized a high school golf match was going to be played there. So, I got another beer and sat back to watch them tee off. The schools represented were definitely in the "exurbs/country part of the county, and there were a whole lot of "baseball swings" on display that day!

The kids just go out there and do the best they can. I read the high school golf scores in the paper. In the richer communities you will see scores, for a 5 person team, in the low 200's, with the lead dog typically shooting in the 30's. For the farther out teams, you will typically see scores in the mid to upper 200's, with the top dog typically shooting in the high 40's to low 50's. I've seen scores in the 70's for 9 holes!  

My son's school is pretty rural, located in a town of less than 5000 people. And they are the largest school in their conference. I think they only count the lowest 4 scores out of up to 6 players per match.  Our team usually has scores of around 36, 42, 48, and 52 on average. My son has been 3rd best on the team, although one match he was second. It seems like most teams have 1 player who can break 40 and the rest are always a crapshoot. My son's team will be hurting next year as he will probably be the best returning player and he has never shot better than 44 even in non-competition play. 

The last 3 matches have been rained out.  They should get to play today.

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The last time or two I've made it out to the range, I've shared it with the mighty Stebbins H.S. (Riverside, OH), golf team. For a blue-collar district, they got a real good turnout this year. My estimate was about 12 red-shirted young men. A few of those guys can really swing a golf club. Then there are a bunch of other kids that I might be able to beat.

 

 

 

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On 8/6/2019 at 1:09 PM, iacas said:

High school coaches are van drivers. Nothing more.

They are expected to develop on their own yes. They should. High school coaches often can’t break 90.

P.S. Paragraphs are your friend.

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On 8/6/2019 at 1:09 PM, iacas said:

High school coaches are van drivers. Nothing more.

They are expected to develop on their own yes. They should. High school coaches often can’t break 90.

P.S. Paragraphs are your friend.

We are hoping that is not the case with our youngster's coaches. That said, their girls varsity golf team just won a consectutive 3-A state title. The boys team also won their division at state. I might assume someone knows something about golf instruction.

If our Granddaughter is allowed/needs outside swing instruction, the local PGA pro is also available. She already had a couple lessons from him, quite a while ago. He also has a private "Junior's Program".

It just depends on what our youngster wants out of her game. Maybe how much time she has available to put into this activity is a better statement.  For a freshman, she has pretty full plate. 

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On 8/28/2019 at 9:43 AM, mcanadiens said:

The last time or two I've made it out to the range, I've shared it with the mighty Stebbins H.S. (Riverside, OH), golf team. For a blue-collar district, they got a real good turnout this year. My estimate was about 12 red-shirted young men. A few of those guys can really swing a golf club. Then there are a bunch of other kids that I might be able to beat.

 

 

 

The same seems to be true of collegiate golf. This past Labor Day and the day after, I went out to watch the YSU (Youngstown, State University) Ladies Golf Invitational at Mill Creek North. I watched some of these young women play some marvelous golf! Shooting under, or near, par from the men's white tees. I also saw some ladies who couldn't really give me a game! 

It takes all kinds to make a world, and I'm appreciative of anyone who wants to compete. 

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I was finally able to watch my Granddaughter's practice this evening. I kept my distance as I watched. I let the coach do his job. I do not know her coach. 

Another male student was running a video camera of the practice session. 

I saw a lot individual instruction being given as the group was hitting what appeared to be their drivers. 

As expected the more expirienced (juniors/seniors) ladies were hitting the better drives. The two "rooky" freshmen need some serious work. 

They all spent about 45 minutes on the range, then finished up on the practice green putting. This part of the practice session was not as serious as their range session. The youngsters were having fun.

Afterwards I did the G-Pa thing, and made the trip to the local McDonalds for ice cream with my Girl and a friend of hers. . 

Happy times. 

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