Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jekyll Island - Regional Golf Tournament - Round #2

Backing up to Saturday Morning (03/21/15) - Meeting new friends - Connection from Cape Girardeau. Ford's brother Bill and wife Joan came to watch AA play and they had friend connections with a Georgia family that was playing in the same age group as AA (8 year olds, Zoe Duval). 
Unfortunately, we did not get any photos of the group together, none of AA's Uncle Bill and Aunt Joan. 
At the driving range, meeting the Duval family:

 Zoe and AA:
 Back to Sunday morning (03/22/15) Round #2, putting practice:
Daddy was caddie for round #2, as Maria was still feeling under the weather with her bronchitis:
Back 9 - Hole #10 (playing with C. Qiu (VA) and G. Nip (PA):
Hole #18 - Finished! It was not AA's typical round, she was not hitting the ball well today and ended up with a 44. Even if she had finished with her best score of a 40, she would have only moved up one place, from 7th to 6th; still out of the awards. She had problems on both days with her new (shaft) driver, seemed to lose yardage; everyone told us it looked like it had too much flex in it.
Getting the scorecard ready for the scoring table:
Scoring table:
Waiting for the awards for the 9, 8 and 7 (and under) girls groups:
Across the lawn was our local friends: Chao's (Sammy (age 7) finished 3rd and Kaitlin (age 10) finished 4th), The Dovhey's (Bella (age 7) finished 2nd), Messana's, K. Nyman, and Coach Jason and Caddie Maria:
8 Year Old group:
7 and Under group:
Coach Jason and SC:
From Coach Jason (on Facebook): The one and only AA held her own over the weekend amongst a very competitive 8yr old division. I'm so proud of her for shooting her lowest round yet in this division at a regional. Her caddie Maria Castellucci was not able to be on the bag for her Sunday due to being very sick. Her daddy caddie stepped up & the pair finished strong. I'm looking forward to the fact that I will be spending more time with this precious little girl as we start on preparing for worlds. Every time I see her it puts a smile on my face, because for one she's so adorable & also I know she is going to give me her all. I teach her golf, but in the end she teaches & shows me why I love what I do.
From Caddie Maria (Weber): Maria Castellucci I love being her caddie. We have built a bond that I can't explain and never want to lose. I hated the fact that I couldn't be on her bag for Sunday's round but her Daddy did an awesome job.

One change this year was no Saturday evening kids buffet and play time all together at the beach Community center. Instead they had a family fun zone at the golf course on Friday afternoon with the bouncey houses, corn hole games and a few other kid friendly games. We did enjoy staying at the Jekyll Island Hotel and Club, very nice, historic, lots of bike paths and lawn to explore (we had a king basic with a roll-away bed). Next year, we are thinking of staying at home and driving back and forth. We talked about this after we arrived to the hotel, it seems like a big deal to attend this tournament, but really is a shorter drive than to most of the Orlando tournaments we go to.
Now to finish the three remaining Orlando local tournaments and then onto the "States"!

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