Congratulations Christine Cho

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2019 5A Girl’s High School Golf State Champions

Congratulations to Christine Cho for helping her team win the 2019 Girl’s 5A State High School Championship for the second year in a row.  Christine is a sophomore at Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho.  Christine finished the State Championship T6.

Christine was very disappointed in her play at State this year.  I was not.  Christine has a true passion for golf and a solid foundation of skills to take her game where she desires.  She works hard on her game, but as we all know hard work does not always translate to lower scores. 

I’ve been coaching junior golfers for over a decade and experienced junior golf as a parent when my boys were young.  The only consistency I see in junior golf is how juniors grow and mature at different ages and rates.  The rate of growth and maturity never looks like a steady uphill climb.  There are always bumps in the journey.  In today’s world of looking your best on social media, pressure for scholarship money, and the expectations for instant change junior golfers struggle through their normal rate of growth and maturity.

I wish I could change the pressures they face.  I wish that colleges did not recruit juniors when they are so young and let them experience growth and maturity at their own pace.  Christine is a fine player.  She will meet her goals, just not as quickly as she would like.    

Jake Slocum – 2019 5A Idaho High School State Medalist

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Congratulations to Jake Slocum

Congratulations to Jake Slocum, a junior at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian, Idaho, for winning the 2019 Idaho Boy’s 5A High School State Championship AND leading his team to another State Championship. 

I’ve been coaching Jake, since he was in the 6th grade.  I’ve enjoyed watching him reach his goals in golf.  This year brought new challenges that Jake has never faced before.  As a freshman and sophomore Jake’s team had players who had already committed to playing on top men’s NCAA Division 1 golf teams.  Jake was always good, but he wasn’t expected to win. 

This year was different.  Jake is the best junior golfer in the state.  Jake’s peers, his parents, his team, and he himself expected him to win.  Not all players know how to handle this pressure, and stress and tension can get into their game.  Jake had never experienced this kind of pressure before.  He chose to believe in himself, and he won.

Jake has worked very hard and met his goal of committing to play for a top men’s NCAA Division 1 golf program at Iowa State University.  I hope Jake realizes his accomplishments and takes the time to enjoy this summer’s golf season.  I hope he plays free.  I hope he plays for the love of the game. 

Impressive play by Jake Slocum at the Gobbler Amateur golf tournament

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Very proud of Paul Weyland Junior Golf Academy student Jake Slocum for his recent fine play in the Saguaro Amateur Series- Gobbler Men’s Amateur in Tucson, Arizona.

Jake’s rounds of 68, 72 and 71 for a 2-under par total on a difficult 7,400 yard long golf course gave him 9th place out of 88 competitors.

Jake is 16 years old.  This was not a tournament for junior golfers.  This was an event for the top collegiate golfers and amateurs from across the country. There were a total of 38 universities represented in the field.

Jake is building confidence and getting better every day. When he starts playing at Iowa State in two years he will have total belief and confidence that he can he can play and compete with anyone.

This kind of self-belief is essential for a junior golfer to achieve this kind of success. It’s my job to not only teach golf but instill self-belief and self-confidence in these young players.  Jake works harder on the correct things than anyone I know, and it’s really paying off.  Well done Jake!!!

Congratulations to Paul Weyland Golf Junior Academy Students’ Carly Carter and Jake Slocum for their recent fine tournament play

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Congratulations to Carly Carter and Jake Slocum for their recent fine tournament play.

In the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Girls’ Amateur on August 13-17th, Carly posted rounds of 74, 73 for second place in the qualifying for match play. Carly lost on the 20th hole in the Quarter Finals of match play.

In an AJGA All Star at Butte Creek in Chico, California, Carly posted rounds of 71, 72, and 79. Carly was tied for the lead playing in the last group for the first time in an AJGA event. She moved out in front by two shots after making 6 straight pars in the front nine. Carly faced some adversity on holes 7, 8 and then on the back 9.  She ended up posting a final round 79 and finished in 3rd place. Carly learned to keep in the present and stay in the process of playing the shot at hand instead of thinking ahead to results. You either win or learn. She had a great learning experience.

In an AJGA at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Redmond, Oregon, Jake posted rounds of one under par 71 and 72. The third round was canceled due to extremely unhealthy air quality because of smoke so Jake finished T9.

Great way to wrap up a busy summer for these two.  Looking forward to Fall training!

Outstanding Play by Paul Weyland Golf Students at Idaho Junior Amateur

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2018 Idaho Junior Amateur – Girls

Congratulations to Carly Carter, Paul Weyland Golf Strive for Excellence student, for becoming the 2018 Girls’ Idaho Junior Amateur Champion, with scores of 71, 72, 74.  Carly played in the 13-15 age division.  She not only won her division, she won the overall championship by six strokes over another PWG Strive for Excellence student Christine Cho.  Christine was also in the 13-15 age division and placed second overall by eight strokes with scores of 76, 72, 75.

Well done girls!  I’m very proud of you both.

2018 Idaho Junior Amateur – Boys

Congratulations to Taylor Mortensen, Paul Weyland Golf Strive for Excellence student, for becoming the Boys Age 13-15 division Idaho Junior Amateur Champion with three day scores of 70, 66, 72.  Taylor won his division by three strokes.   This was a big win for Taylor who held the lead after day two.  He posted his lowest score ever, 66.  Well done Taylor!

Zach Carter, Paul Weyland Golf Rising Stars student, who is 12 years old played in the Boys 13-15 division and placed T5 with scores 74, 73, 77.  Zach recently scored a 78.5 on a TrackMan Combine.  He’s one to watch!

I’m very proud of my students and how they played in this tournament.  We have been having extreme heat in Idaho this summer, and these juniors were playing in over 100 degree heat with poor air quality from the California wildfires.  This tournament was played at Falcon Crest Golf Club, where I am Director of Instruction.  It is hilly and demanding to walk.  This tournament was an endurance test in these conditions.

My students were prepared to play in these conditions.  They train with TPI Certified Fitness Professional, Casey Crowell of Idaho Fitness Academy, and are learning that being physically strong is very important for endurance during a demanding tournament.  I also coach my students on the importance of staying hydrated and nourished during their rounds.   This is extremely important and was especially important in these conditions.

Athletic Motion Golf ALL ACCESS Golf Video Streaming

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As an affiliate of Athletic Motion Golf (AMG) I am very excited to announce that I will soon have my own “channel” of golf videos on AMG’s new golf video streaming service called, “ALL ACCESS.”  This service will feature hundreds of videos designed to help you with your golf game.  There will be drills, tips, detailed explanations about the golf swing, and much more by the AMG coaches, myself, and several other AMG affiliate coaches.

Here’s the best part, this video streaming service is only $9.99/month for access to all the videos!  Like Netflix, there are no contracts or long-term commitments, and it’s easy to cancel if it’s not for you.  There are no ads or product sales, just a lot of high quality golf instruction videos from top coaches.  New videos will constantly be added, so you’ll always have something new to watch.

If you follow AMG on YouTube, then you already know their videos are detailed, easy to understand, and have helpful information.  Now you’ll get their videos, plus mine, and other top coaches, in one place.  You can save your favorites too!

Paul Weyland Golf Channel

My channel will have dozens of videos with drills and games.  My clients can use them as a quick reference after our coaching sessions.  Not a PWG golf student?  No problem, you can try these drills too!  I’ll also have videos on training during the off season, trouble shots, short game, club fitting, and more.  Our goal is to get as much information to golfers as we can!

I’ll be taping my first videos in September, but don’t wait to sign up!  Lots of videos are ready now!  Click here to get started –>  ALL ACCESS

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!