Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Video of AA at Deercreek with Coach Kathy Nyman

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Monday, January 16, 2017

U.S. Kids Golf Copperhead Classic Day 2

Playing in her first 36 hole regional tournament was to be a learning experience and to see how well she held up. With 18 hole practice round on Friday, then the two-day tournament, I think was a bit much. She played fair on day one (89), then on day two, she tripped and fell while walking to the first hole. I am amazed she played all 18 holes with bloody, bruised knees and a puncture wound on one hand. So sad and I was so sorry not to be there to help her, hug her and tell her all will be fine.
I think she needs a few days of rest! We did take her to her pediatrician and all seems well with her knees healing. She was sad that she couldn't run and missed playing tag at school recess.

Day 1 pairing: Mary Miller from GA and Olivia Pellerin from SC.
Day 2 pairing: C.C. Kaplan from NY and Olivia Pellerin from SC.

Her right knee was much worse as she cut into it on the jagged edge of the sidewalk.
The tournament also showed us again how diverse the families are. Most as so kind like the SC family who offered neosporin for AA's knees. The other family continued to break rules and the girl had several temper tantrums during the second day. From laughing hilariously to pouting, she twice dragged her club to get a putt in (and Ford called it out to the Caddie the first time, not her Dad). Her Dad was in the golf cart as a spectator and Ford had to tell the Caddie to have the Dad stop helping and coaching his daughter, as he was a spectator. They tried to break so many rules, it was a relief when it was over. Occasionally,we have reported poor behavior and rule violations to the officials, this time Ford decided not too as he was just too worked up to confront anyone else. These parents must allow this behavior and Ford could tell from the Caddie that he has dealt with her many times and accepts what she does!
After much chatting with AA, we are going to skip the U.S. Kids Golf World's this year. It will be nice not to have the stress leading up to that tournament and will allow us to take a normal vacation! AA said, "Let's head to Maine"!!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

U.S. Kids Regional Copperhead Classic Tournament

So glad that Alyzabeth is playing in this tournament, reason one - she missed it last year due to double eye surgery; reason two as it is her first official 18 hole tournament playing as an individual, AND three, her Daddy Caddie is WELL! So glad Ford has recovered about 95% of his health!
Here are a few photos they texted me, as I am babysitting the puppy - she was spayed recently and we decided not to board her. I miss all the fun!! AA sent me a picture of the foggy roads and this selfie:

Map of the resort - they are staying in a building close to the front entrance:
Friday the 13th practice round - a foursome with Mary Miller, a boy (8 years old) from Atlanta and a Floridian girl. Miss Miller is the girl who beat AA in the Drive, Chip and Putt to go to The Masters in 2015 and she will turn 11 before the Worlds - she's always been a head taller.
After the practice round:
The room:
AA eating lunch on Saturday, right before her first tee time. They said they have run into many golfing families, the Dunham's, Fleming's, DeWitt's etc. and her former caddie Maria C.
Good luck to AA - may she play her best ever!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Alyzabeth's School - 4th Grade Continues

AA earned all A's again this grading period (since October). She is an excellent reader and learns quickly.
Her teacher also had them writing poetry. Here is a sampling of her original Haiku's.
Deer and rabbits watch
The storm is brewing right now
Winter is coming

The tree is bright green
It is lit up with light bulbs
It is raining there

Hi I am Frosty
Children love me very much
I like cool weather

Big, Full
Hanging, Waiting, Staying
Stuffed with Toys, Candy
Big Sock

Santa Is Coming
Santa is coming
With reindeer and presents too
I will wait for him

Her certificate - she did not attend the awards ceremony scheduled for 01/13/17 as she was at Palm Harbor preparing for her regional U.S. Kids Golf Tournament.

Haiku Poems:
And a photo of Ginger, she looks sad, we were hanging out while AA and Ford are at Innisbrook/Copperhead Classic.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

NFJG Foundation Girls Fall Champion!

Alyzabeth is once again the NFJG Tour Fall Champion (2016 - 2017 Season) for the Foundation Girls! She played with the Foundation Boys several times, being the only girl, so not much female competition. She did beat all the boys once (Phillip Dunham has moved up to the Boys 10 - 12 age group even though he just turned 9)!

 Congratulations to the NFJG TOUR's                     Fall Tournament Series Winners.
  • Boys 16-18 Division: Dalton Paris                                  Bent Creek Golf Club
  • Girls 13-18 Division: Hannah Stevens          Jacksonville Beach Golf Club
  • Elite Tour Boys 13-15 Division: James Ballato        The Golf Club at North Hampton
  • Rising Tour Boys 13-15 Division: Andrew Riley       The Champions Club at Julington Creek
  • Boys 10-12 Division: Andrew Davis                             The Golf Club at Fleming Island
  • Foundation Boys Division: Richard Hayden Ruth    Bent Creek Golf Club
  • Foundation Girls Division: Alyzabeth Morgan        Eagle Harbor Golf Club

Monday, January 09, 2017

Monday Morning 01/09/2017 - It's COLD Outside!

I took a few (okay, LOTS) photos of AA this morning as it was so COLD - low in the 20's. The high should zoom up to about 60 today! Ginger is still convalescing after her spaying surgery on the 6th, we are supposed to keep her quiet which is not easy, she is jumping and energetic as if she never had the surgery! 
AA was bundled up with boots and jeans plus the new sweater from Grandma-Cathy and Werner. Horse riding lesson today after Khan Club!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017!

I haven't posted much since returning home from Joy's Okeechobee visit on New Year's Day. So here's what we have been doing:
Monday, the 2nd, AA went to her horse riding lesson. She and her Daddy played some golf most days this week.
Tuesday, the 3rd, we drove with Justin to UF to watch great-nephew Lane (Kaci Morgan Below's son) play basketball for the Ole Miss team. Good game even though they lost. They made up for it by winning their next game at Auburn!

 Lane's back, during pregame practice:
Wednesday, the 5th, the last day of school vacation, we went to the movies and saw the excellent prequel Rogue One! Of course, it took us a while to realize why everyone had to be killed in the movie as none of them show up in the original 1970's trilogy. There was a cameo of Princess Leia and others from back then. Really loved the main stars who played Jyn, the blind man Donnie, the defector cargo pilot Bodhi, K-2SO, Baze rebel warrior, Saw (mentor/guardian of Jyn) and Cassian the Captain.

School began on Thursday, the 6th and that was the same day Ginger was spayed. AA's friend Noah Witt gave her a set of headphones for her WiiU set - so they can chat together while playing Minecraft - each at their own homes! Works great!
Also, after school, AA played 11 holes of golf with Ms. Penny R. at Eagle Harbor. First time she went out with Penny and alone - without her Daddy-Caddie!
After 11 holes; Penny said she would play with AA again - making golf fun!
Friday, AA and her Daddy went to Amelia River golf course for a pratice round, getting ready for Sunday's tournament - there are two holes she will need to lay-up to go over water hazards.
Our first really COLD weather descended on us Saturday through today. Two nights with below freezing temperatures! Saturday afternoon, the 7th, we went to the River House and watched a NFL Playoff game near the fireplace while our dinner was baking in the oven at home. Nice!
Sunday, the 8th, AA golfed in the NFJG Tournament at Amelia River and they said it was really chilly (I am home with recovering Ginger)! AA placed first even though it was not a good round of golf for her (only one other girl, McKelvey Dietz, AA used to play with her in the US Kids Golf tournaments). 
In this photo, AA has on a long sleeve gray with pink trim pullover, a long sleeve C9 black shirt, a short sleeve gray C9 sport top and her black/gray hoodie. She also wore an ear cuff/band on her head with her Gyffindor knit cap and a L.L. Bean black fleece vest during play!
From Jack, NFJG Director:
The Amelia River Run Classic has been a traditional junior golf event for the past four years and this event typically is a fan favorite, but with the arctic front approaching and the forecast for a low of 30 and highs only in the mid 40’s and winds gusting 15-20 mph one would need to make a chilling decision to play or not play. Forty-fifty degrees below our comfort level is a reason for concern and we (the committee) did contemplate canceling, but the majority felt the “Show should go on”. The par-5 first hole was a little burrrrrr, dead into the wind which was gusting off of the airport runway, but once you got in between the trees things were a little more tolerable and manageable.
Our Foundation Boys had Seven in the field and our Foundation Girls this had just 2.  
Collecting more Gold this week would be Richard Hayden Ruth with a fine 42 and Alyzabeth Morgan. Aiden Clark who is sending notice that he is working on his game would test the fire of Ruth this week with a nice 45 to take home the Silver for his second Runner-up finish of the year. Anderson Palm would be right behind with a 46 to claim the Bronze for his third top five finishes. 
The Foundation Girls welcomed McKelvey Dietz to the TOUR and she was nothing but smiles as she gained some eye-opening junior tour experience.  Dietz had a couple rough holes, but support by caddying-Mom made it all good.

Chatting on the phone with friend Pam, told me she has pneumonia and poor Carolyn who was babysitting two dogs had one escape from her yard. Bad week!
We also were mourning the loss of so many wonderful celebrities during 2016. Here's a video from iHeart Radio, titled - Dedicating one last dance to those we lost in 2016. 

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Family Photos

Stone/Cobb Christmas:

Cruce Christmas (Marsha must be taking the picture):

Sunday, January 01, 2017

After Innisbrook Practice - Onto Venice and Okeechobee!

We were able to squeeze in a visit to the Ward's Florida home to see Britney and Chloe. Chloe warmed up to us after a few minutes and was adorable during our one hour visit.

She likes to jump up and down!
Great Aunt Aly and sweet Chloe!
Chloe and Mom Britney:
Bill and Linda Ward:
Friday (30th), about noon-time, we began our drive to Okeechobee (stopping at Publix for sandwiches).
Tried fishing in the canal - no bites! AA did well casting.

Nana Joy fed us well plus the weather warmed up so we could do some bike riding and walking around in the evening. On our way home, we stopped at Cathy and Werner's home to pick up a few items we left on Christmas day. And enjoyed a glass of wine and some adult conversation!