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Paul Weyland Golf – Sister and Brother win Junior RMSPGA Championship and qualify for the national tournament

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Zach and Carly Carter 2019 Junior Rocky Mountain Section PGA Champions

A big congratulations to Carly and Zach Carter for winning the overall Girl’s and Boy’s Divisions of the 2019 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Junior Championship!

Carly and Zach will be playing in their respective PGA Junior National Championships. They may be the first siblings ever to qualify at the same time.

After a first round of even par 72 Carly had a 5 shot lead. She faced some adversity during her final round but played her last three holes 1 under par to post a 74 good enough for a three shot victory.

Carly Carter 2019 Junior Rocky Mountain Section PGA Girl’s Champion

Zach, who is only 14 years old, posted first round 2 under par 70 and was tied for the lead. After enduring some poor putting and being 3 over par after 9 holes was 5 shots from the lead when he told himself to stay in the process and stick to his plan. This resulted in 3 birdies and only one bogey on his back nine, and he made up all 5 shots to tie for first. Zach won with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

So proud of both these kids. They are learning and getting better every day!

Congratulations Cameron Hackmann – 2019 Boys 13 and under Montana State Junior Boys Champion

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Congratulations to Paul Weyland Golf student 12 year old Cameron Hackmann of Laurel, Montana for capturing the Montana State Junior Golf Championship in the 13 and under age group.

Cameron posted rounds of 77, and a 6 under par 66, on his final day for a 1 under par total winning the title by eight strokes. Cameron’s 66 topped his previous best 18 hole round by 3 strokes. When asked about his round Cameron said “I just stayed in the moment, hit each shot as best as I could”. I love this, and Cameron is learning every day. Well done Cameron!

I do work with juniors that live outside the Treasure Valley. If you are interested in online golf lessons for you junior, please contact me.

Congratulations to Anna Kittelson – 2019 Idaho State Women’s Amateur Champion

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Congratulations to Paul Weyland Golf student Anna Kittelson for winning the 2019 Idaho State Women’s Amateur by 5 shots. 

Anna posted a final round 74 in very windy conditions. She faced some adversity on the final back nine but stayed in the process and finished strong.

I started coaching Anna when she was in the 7th grade, and I could always see her potential. Her family moved to Texas where she completed high school. Anna is a sophomore on a near full golf scholarship at Midwestern State University in Texas. I have been working with Anna the past two summers and when she is home on holiday. She has been working hard, and it’s nice to see her hard work paying off.

Great job Anna. So proud of you!

Jake Slocum qualifies for 2019 USGA Junior Amateur

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Jake Slocum 2019 USGA Qualifier

Congratulations Jake Slocum, Paul Weyland Golf Strive for Excellence Student, for qualifying for the 2019 USGA Junior Amateur.

I am so proud of this amazing young man, first, for the fine young man and model citizen he has become. Second, Jake is the hardest worker I know. In preparation for the USGA Junior Championship qualifier today at @timberstonegcid Jake put in the long hours of preparation around the green complexes and recorded all the hole locations, putted from 10 feet around the hole North, South, East, and West, and recorded the break from each direction on his map of the greens.

His hard work paid off as Jake made 8 birdies resulting in a 6 under par 66. Jake won the qualifier by 2 shots over a very strong field that included top juniors from California, across the US and Canada.

This young man understands that it’s all about the process and if you stick with the process good things will happen. Well done Jake!

Paul Weyland Junior Academy Student Qualifies for 2019 IMG Academy World Junior Championship

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Congratulations to Jake Slocum for qualifying for the 2019 IMG Academy World Junior Championship. This year the Idaho Golf Association made the championship qualifier 36 holes. Jake posted 68-72 for second place and qualifying to play in the Junior World Championship Boys 15-18 division.

Jake will be playing this demanding championship July 8-12, 2019 on Torrey Pines North golf course.

Jake is an outstanding junior golfer. Congratulations to him for qualifying this year!

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. 

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.

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.