Great couple of days golfing and fishing in Sun Valley, Idaho  

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Great couple of days golfing and fishing in Sun Valley, Idaho.

I spent time at  The Valley Club in Hailey, Idaho (near Sun Valley) with PGA Professionals Lucas Brick and Jaime Sharp helping them with their swings. Used K-Coach and TrackMan to measure and quickly noticed what was needed to improve their ball flight.

Lucas made significant increases in club/ball speed and peak height of his shots. He was into forward bend way too long into impact and very little right side bend. Took out some of the forward bend into impact and added some extension by having him the feel that he had his heart to the sky post impact like he was going to throw the club down the range. Immediate results.

Jaime made significant improvements in strike, lower dynamic loft, and face control. In transition his lead shoulder was moving up too early causing his torso and pelvis to early extend and the center mass of club dropped too far behind him. Got him to move his lead shoulder more forward and downward in transition and keep it down until hands were just below the waist. This gave him a feeling that he was covering the ball and his chest was more down and butt more back at impact. Much better strike, flight,face control, and increased ball speed.

Great work by both of you. Thanks for your hospitality and see you again soon!

Also did a little fly fishing on the Big Wood River.  This time of year is the Green Drake hatch.  The rainbow trout were eager for our flies, and we caught some really nice sized fish.

Paul Weyland Golf Junior Golfer Carly Carter Qualifies For 2018 Girls Junior PGA Tournament

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Congratulations to Carly Carter for qualifying for the 43rd Girls Junior PGA Championship to be contested at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Kentucky on July 9-13th.

Carly, who is 15, placed 3rd in the girls 16-18 division.  After posting a 5 over 77 on day one, Carly posted a 73 in windy conditions on day two and had the low round of the day.

Carly’s game has really improved this year.  She played in the AJGA Mahoning Valley Hospital Foundation Junior All-Star tournament in June.  There were some challenging rainy conditions.  After struggling on the first day she fought back to make the cut by posting a 70.  The lowest round of the day.  On day three, she posted 75 for a three day total 225.

I love seeing her confidence grow, because she is just starting to understand how good she is!  Great playing Carly!



Great playing in the Rocky MT Section PGA National Qualifier by Paul Weyland Golf student Jake Slocum

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Great playing in the Rocky Mountain Section PGA National Qualifier by Paul Weyland Golf student Jake Slocum.

In the first round Jake had some putting issues but managed to post a 2 under par 70. That put him 5 back of Carson Barry, incoming freshman on the Oregon State Men’s Golf team, and 4 back of Sam Tidd, incoming freshman on the Oklahoma Men’s Golf team.

On day two, in windy conditions, Jake shot the low round of the day posting a 7 under par 65 for a two day total of 9 under par.  That put Jake in a sudden death playoff with Tidd for the second qualifying spot.  Tidd won on the 3rd playoff hole with a birdie to earn his spot with Barry.

Jake was very disappointed he didn’t qualify, but he proved to himself that when he needed to post a number to give himself a chance in a qualifier he could do it.  Very proud of Jake!

Christine Cho Qualifies For 2018 IMG Academy Junior World Championship

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Christine Cho Qualifies 2018 IMG Academy Junior World Championship (photo by @idahojuniortour)

Congratulations Christine Cho who qualified for the the 2018 IMG Academy Junior World Championships, 15-18 Girls Division. This prestigious junior golf tournament held July 9th-13th at Torrey Pines hosts over 1,200 participants representing 56 countries and 42 states.

Christine qualified with a level par 72. We’ve been working on Christine’s driving which she reported was much improved for this round. She is off to a great start this year, but she knows there is much work to be done to meet her goals.

Good luck Christine!

Great playing by Paul Weyland Golf Strive For Excellence Junior Academy Girls

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Congratulations to Carly Carter and Christine Cho for their excellent play in the Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour Tournament at Banbury Golf Club last weekend.

Carly posted a first day round of 72, and Christine shot level par 71. It was an epic battle on day two. Carly started her round off by holing a 90 yard gap wedge for an Eagle 2 on the very first hole. She faced some adversity later in her round with a four putt that resulted in a double bogey.

Christine played steady until late in her round with a three putt and not getting up and down cost her a couple bogeys.

In the end Carly posted a second round 70 for a level par, total of 142, for a two shot victory over Christine who posted a second round 73 for a two over total of 144.

Congratulations to both of you for your outstanding play!

It was fun to watch these two girls and how much they have improved the past year. They look like young LPGA tour players on the course. As high school freshmen they already have several colleges watching them closely. It will be a very lucky coach who gets these girls on their team!

Paul Weyland Golf Strive For Excellence Students shine at Idaho State High School Golf Championship

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Carly Carter

In the 1A/2A Ambrose High School Freshman Carly Carter posted rounds of 73 and 77 for 2nd place finish, 3 shots behind the winner senior Tyler Erickson.

Carly struck the ball great on day one but putting kept her from a round in the 60’s. On day two, she had some distance control issues on approach shots, but she putted better and finished out a good round.

I am very proud of Carly for the hard work she has done on her game in recent months. Congratulations Carly!!

Christine Cho

In the girls 5A tournament Christine Cho a freshman at Eagle High School led her team to the 5A State High School Golf Championship title. Christine had her struggles off the tee on day one and some putting issues the second day. However, she never gave up and managed to post rounds of 81, 77. She was medalist for her team and finished 3rd overall.

Christine was also named the Eagle High Athlete of the Year for Golf.   Congratulations Christine!!

Jake Slocum

In the boys 5A State Golf Championship sophomore Jake Slocum of Rocky Mountain High finished T4 overall and contributed to his team’s third state championship in a row.

The first day Jake faced a great deal of adversity posting an 80, one of his highest scores in the past couple years.  The second day Jake came back with a great 5 under par 67.

I am so proud of Jake for not getting discouraged and giving up. He went out the second day to post the best score he could. Jake showed me yet again his great character, tenacity and grit, things essential to play championship golf.  Congratulations Jake!

Hard Work Paying Off For Paul Weyland Golf Strive for Excellence Students

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Christine Cho

Carly Carter

It’s been a great Spring of golf for Paul Weyland Golf Strive For Excellence Junior Golf Academy student’s Carly Carter and Christine Cho.

Christine Cho, a freshman at 5A Eagle High School, has had two first place finishes and a second, posting rounds of 74, 76, and 75 in three separate tournaments with large fields of twelve different high schools.

Christine led Eagle High School to victory in Districts posting a 77. Although struggling with her game that day, she still finished T2 overall.

Christine also played in her first AJGA Preview in California and finished 5th place with rounds of 76,74. It was a tight leaderboard, and Christine came to her final hole needing par for second place on her own. She faltered on that hole making a double bogey. Christine learned a valuable lesson as she got to thinking about results instead of the shot at hand and what her target was. A mistake she said she won’t make again. We will see😊

Carly Carter, a freshman at 1A/2A Ambrose High School, posted a 76 and won the girls Idaho State 1A and 2A Districts Golf Championship by several shots. Carly has won every high school 2A tournament posting rounds in the 70’s. Carly has been working hard on all aspects of her game and is improving all the time. She will be playing as an individual in the 1A/2A State Championship!!

Congratulations to Carly and Christine!  Off to State Championships – – Play well and have fun!

Paul Weyland Golf Strive For Excellence Students Selected For Idaho Junior Tour Travel Team

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Congratulations to Carly Carter and Christine Cho who were selected for the Idaho Junior Tour Travel Team to play in the North Pacific Junior Ladies golf tournament.  This event, administered by the Oregon Golf Association, is like the Curtis Cup Matches for Amateur women which is known for friendly competition between the United States, Great Britain, and Ireland.  This year the event will be held on May 25th-27th at Rock Creek Country Club in Portland, Oregon.

Carly and Christine have participated in my elite junior golf academy, since they were 12 years old.  Both are now freshmen in high school and have progressed into my Strive for Excellence program.  This program is designed to prepare them for the demands of college golf.  Juniors aren’t just coached on swing mechanics in this program.  They are required to participate in a golf specific fitness program which is managed by fitness professional, Casey Crowell.  They are taught about accountability and taking ownership of their game through various assignments such as goal keeping, journaling their practice, and recording their tournament stats.

I am very proud of Carly and Christine.  They are not just incredible players who have no limits to what they could accomplish in golf.  They are, more importantly, fine young women who will be outstanding representatives on Team Idaho in the Idaho Junior Tour Travel Team (as freshmen)!

Exciting Summer for Paul Weyland Junior Golf Students

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It’s been a great start to the summer for Paul Weyland Golf Junior Academy students.


Strive for Excellence students –

Starting back in June at The Dropping tournament at Banbury Golf Course in Eagle, Idaho, this competitive, regional junior golf tournament played at 6,700 yards.  Jake Slocum, Strive for Excellence student and incoming sophomore at Rocky Mountain High School, posted 73-74-74 total 221 finishing in 4th Place.  Jake O’Neil, Strive for Excellence student and incoming junior at Fruitland High School, finished T18.  Both of these boys have stepped up their games this year resulting in better scores at more challenging tournaments.  Their hard work is paying off.

On July 8th, Jake O’Neil played in the qualifier for the ACDS Championship at Lake Merced AJGA. The qualifier was held at Coyote Creek Golf Club – Valley Course, Par: 37-35–72, Yardage: 6967, Rating: 73.9, Slope: 134.  O’Neil placed T1 posting 35-37–72 and qualified for the event.  He placed T34.  Jake was disappointed in his performance, but I had to remind him that he also enjoys playing basketball on his high school team and has not competed in many tournaments since last fall.

Rising Stars students –

Some outstanding playing by Carly Carter and Christine Cho at an Idaho Junior Golf event in the Girls 14-15 division at Falcon Crest Golf Club.   Both Carly and Christine are going to be freshmen this year and are moving into my new Strive for Excellence group.  These girls are just starting to learn their potential, and I’m expecting many more good scores like these!

Zach Carter and Dallas Jackson, have also been playing some great golf this summer.  Zach won the IGA Boys age 13 division at Falcon Crest Golf Club which was played on the Championship course from 6,100 yards.  Dallas placed T2 with a 9-hole score of 36 in the IGA Boys 11-12 division at Redhawk Golf Club.

Great playing and keep having fun!


Congratulations to Freshman Jake Slocum – 4th at 5A State Tournament

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Congratulations to Jake Slocum, a freshman at Rocky Mountain High School, for his 4th place finish at the 5A State High School Tournament. He finished 73-76-149, tied for 3rd and placed 4th in a scorecard playoff. Jake’s team won the 5A HS State Championships for the second year in a row winning by 48 strokes.  It’s a strong team lead by two juniors in the top 300 in Junior Golf Scoreboard ratings.

I’m so proud of Jake.  Jake had to learn how to handle the pressure of being a freshman on a very competitive team, but he continued to believe in himself.  He struggled to make varsity at the beginning, but by the end of the season placed 4th at State.  Wow!

Jake works very hard on his game and fitness.  I am seeing a lot of growth in his game and his maturity on the course. He’s learning and getting better everyday. Best of all he’s a great kid and has a great family!