Monday, June 29, 2015

Florida U.S. Kids State Championship June 27 and 28th

Over the past 18 days, Alyzabeth has played in three U.S. Kids State Tournaments, each were two days in length (her group - ages 8 - 9, plays two rounds of nine holes each). The Georgia, combined South/North Carolina States and now the Florida State. 
She placed 2nd, 1st and now 4th. She shot her first rounds in the 30's as an eight-year-old (38-34-37). Much to be happy about this summer!
Practice round on Friday afternoon with Coach Jason (front nine on Disney Magnolia - last year she played on Oak Trail):

Round 1: Playing with Tiffany Colin (40/44) and Ariana Silva (45/42). Typical photos below: Caddie Maria with cart and then lots of standing/waiting:
Ninth Hole handshakes:
Scoring Table - Round #1:
Caddie Maria with AA after round one (shot a 42 - had a 7 on Par 3/Hole 3 - sand bunker problems)!
From Facebook's Foundation Golf Academy (FGA):
With Round 1 in the books for the US Kids Florida State Championship, we are encouraged by where our kids stand on the leader board and their chances for success tomorrow.
Alyzabeth Morgan shot 42 after an unfortunate incident with a sand trap had her four over after 3 holes. She took it to the last 6 holes and is ready for tomorrow.

From our Facebook page:
AA had the one "bad" hole (Par 3/Hole 3), otherwise would have been in the top 5; she's made a few adjustments to have a great round today. Rain and the wet fairways will not help but she is ready to whomp them again! 
Comment from Caddie: Maria Castellucci You got that right!!! Caddie is going to be a little wiser today and she will play amazing!! Have a gut feeling.

Sunday, Round 2: Played with Tiffany again and Madison Moman (41/39). A great round with nice chips, better putting and a near perfect chip on the Hole #6 - Par 3 (carry over water):
Ninth Hole:
Coach Jason, Caddie Maria; all smiles with AA's round of 37!!!
From FGA: Congratulations to Alyzabeth Morgan who posted the lowest final round in the US Kids Florida State Championship in the Girls 8-9 year old division. Alyzabeth shot a one over par 37 to catapult to a tie for 4th place for the tournament. FGA is so proud of your top 5 finish (she was 9th after round 1).

Also, AA was just one stroke shy of third place (42/37); we will take it!! Thanks to Caddie Maria keeping AA focused and positive today (she also protected AA during a gusty rainy blast-mini-hurricane on Hole#8!! Siren went off and play was suspended!!).
The top three (AA was runner up to G. Nip in Georgia, and now in Florida placed one stroke behind her):
Now for a short break then getting ready for the "World's"!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Father's Day Preparations! (Posting Late)

We didn't post any of our Father's Day preparations, but now that we are back in town and Daddy-Hubby has his cards and gifts; we can post about them. 
AA made a golf card:

Homemade sign using AA's feet as "greens":
Homemade BBQ sauce; we canned and hid the jars wrapped in the back of the refrigerator:
AA also made him a pen/pencil holder with a golfing theme - #1 Dad.
I bought him some simple cloth napkins; he has always liked them better than paper.
We didn't celebrate until Wednesday, after the Carolinas State Golf Tournament.
Happy Father's Day to the Best Daddy and Hubby!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

U.S. Kids Golf - Carolinas - Day 3 - The Result - First Place!

Tuesday/Last Day (June 23rd)! The sprinklers had run that morning, so took awhile to adjust to the wetness. Same tee time, 10:00 am, with same two girls, so a repeat from Monday. It was hotter than Monday, wetter and not as many random breezes. 
Facebook: Another day, another nine holes. May AA's hard work at the range, lessons and daily practice continue to be her foundation during every round. She really does delight in a challenging round; at Brier Creek Country Club.

At Hole #1:
At Hole #9:
The final group photo:
She bogeyed the first two holes and then settled into a steady rhythm. Caddy wanted to go one club down but since the greens were fast, didn't want it to go past the cup, played it safe knowing she was good at chipping if short of the green. The other girls were competitive, everyone tried to do their best under their circumstances. Ultimately you are playing the course, to best your score. AA’s final two days score was 40 and 40; she won by 13 strokes.
Facebook: We are driving home with the 2015 US Kids Golf Carolinas State Champion for the Girls Division (ages 8-9)! Exciting! She was the youngest girl in her division and had two days of steady playing.
As the Champion, one must say a few words at the awards ceremony and AA did great! She thanked US Kids Golf and The Brier Creek Country Club.

At the end of each tournament, AA usually says how exciting but today she kept saying WOW!

Our drive home went well, needed to get home for me to go to work and for us to get ready for the Florida State tournament this Saturday. Pack, drive, unpack, play, and repeat.

U.S. Kids Golf - Carolina - Final Post - Comments

Here's all of the Facebook comments sent to Alyzabeth during the trip to North Carolina U.S. Kids Golf Championship. 
Saturday (06/20/15):  
Chris Emmons Good luck, AA, and have fun.

Michelle Dix Raines Good luck, AA!!
Lori Tlougan DeWitt Good luck!!!
Liz Nguyen-Chao Good luck AA!!! Hopefully it is cooler there.
Maria Castellucci Good Luck AA!!! I am so going to miss being by your side but just close your eyes and imagine what I would be saying to you....low, slow and get through the ball. You are going to do amazing!!
Nikki Vavreck Tuttle Best of luck AA!!!! We are all cheering for you special girl!
Dianne Cashwell Sullivan Good Luck AA!!
Ford Alyson Cobb Morgan fm - forecasted temps: Monday 100 and Tuesday 101
Maria Castellucci Ouch!!!! Lots of liquids and special apples!!
Ford Alyson Cobb Morgan fm - we do a practice round shortly. having her hydrate since yesterday. drink even if not thirsty. brought cool towels for the neck. using pushcart with umbrella!!
plan to keep a close eye on her.
Maria Castellucci Such a good Daddy Caddy. You got this!!!

Sunday Practice Round: 
Catherine Hollaway Good luck AA! Drink plenty of water!
MC Cobb Go AA Go!
Margie A. Foye Hydrate!
Maria Castellucci There you go girl!! Taking it to those boys I bet!!
Margie A. Foye Oh, my goodness! You go, AA!
Ann Caton Cobb My favorite golfer!!!

Complaining about the HEAT!  
Vivian Kotler Masson ouch!
Joan Romano Oh my goodness! Now Florida doesn't seem so hot.
Kathy Grant Nyman Bummer! Just finished or just starting?
Dawn Minney Yuck.
Amanda Dietz It's 112 in Daytona today for us, ugh! Good luck AA
Ford Alyson Cobb Morgan: Thank goodness we have finished our first round Kathy Grant Nyman.
Michelle Dix Raines Oh boy!!! When the Floridians are complaining about the heat, you know it's bad!!! I would be one big puddle. lol!
Tonyia Foy Welcome to NC! smile emoticon Good Luck AA!!
Patti Caton Good Luck AA!! Way to go for finishing your 1st round in the hot weather!
Karen Petty You're in NC?
Catherine Hollaway I was afraid of that!
Ford Alyson Cobb Morgan Yes Karen Petty; AA is in the US Kids Golf Carolina State Championship at Brier Creek Country Club. We leave after day/ round 2 tomorrow.
Karen Petty Well, best of luck to her - yeah, this heatwave is a little nutty! Next time you're this way, give us a shout ahead of time if you can - we'd love to meet up!
Ann Caton Cobb Great job Alyzabeth.
Ford Alyson Cobb Morgan Thanks Nana Ann! Tough, rough spots, but overall glad we're not in last!
Chris Emmons You could always stop by our place for a cold drink on your way home!
Maria Castellucci Try to keep cool got this!!

Final Comments and Congrats to AA!!  
Lynn Fenchak Dunham Play well today !!!
Patti Caton You go AA!!
Ann Caton Cobb She did it!!!!
Patti Caton Way to go AA!!!! Congratulations!
Amy Ashley Ries Wow!!! Congratulations!
Sandi Conley Congrats!!!
Donna Nitschke Musselwhite YAY!!!!!!!
Vivian Kotler Masson Woot woot!!!! Congratulations AA!!!
Cathy Moore Rangeo Big congrats to AA. Wow that us just fantabulous.
Catherine Hollaway What a fabulous day for you AA! I'm sure you burned up for it and played like the champ you are! Congratulations! Tell your parents that you need a vacation!
Michelle Dix Raines Way to go!!!!
Frankie Quinones Wow!!!! Had be so exciting. Congrats to y'all. AA way to GO!!!!
Kathy Fitzgerald Eason Great job
Janet Marcil Boucher Wow!! Way to go!!
Rhett Morgan Excellent.
Brian-Melinda Decker Congrats AA!!! We are so proud of you! smile emoticon
Kimberley DeGroff Girvin Woo Hoo! Awesome!
Liz Foster Wow! That's great!
Patty Johnson Future world Champion! We know you are proud!
James P. Bernard Congratulations !!!!!
Bob Cobb Great job
Sharon Register So excited for her!
Marilyn Garner WOW!! She is just amazing.
Liz Nguyen-Chao Congrats!
Pearl Dovhey Great job AA and great job Ford
Mike Galloway Congratulations to the entire family !
Jill Weigand Way to go!
Ford Alyson Cobb Morgan: Pearl Dovhey, Ford smiled when I read him your comment; he earned a congrats too and you are the first to say so. It's a tough job being the Daddy-Caddie. Thanks!
Susan Reitano Rizzo Congrats!
Linda Kay Bell Congrats to all she is a winner for sure
Lori Tlougan DeWitt Awesome!!! Congrats to you all!!
Mark Nelson Congratulations AA!
Donna Perry WOW!! Congratulations.
Jesse Cruce Go AA!
Athena Tsengas Mann Congratulations!!
Sherry Howard Morgan Woohoo! Happy for you all.
Steve Hayes Awesome...heart emoticon
Kathy Crisman That's awesome! Congratulations.
Larry L. Gochnour Beautiful and talented young lady.
Joan Park-Ryan Such a great accomplishment!!
Foundation Golf Academy Congratulations to the 2015 US Kids Carolina State Champion, Alyzabeth Morgan!!!!Alyzabeth battled severe temperatures, fast greens and tough competition to take first place shooting two rounds of 40. We are so proud of you Alyzabeth....Today Carolina....Tomorrow, the World.

We posted our thank you's to FGA: To FGA: Thank you Coach Jason and Maria for all the preparation that FGA provided to Alyzabeth! Your coaching and caddying set the foundation for her success at the Carolinas State Championship! She's wowed about her 1st place finish!

Maria Castellucci Thank you for that post. We are so very grateful that you have trusted us with your special daughter's golf future. I have enjoyed being her partner on the course as her caddy and look forward to every opportunity I get to be on her bag. The support you provide Alyzabeth is unbelievable and FGA is so happy that you all are part of our family. Bring on the tournaments....we will be ready.

And lastly, Ford gave a shot out to AA's local coach who has helped AA fairly regularly since her first coach was sick; she bridged the gaps in lessons, keeping focus on AA's short game:

fm - A huge shout-out of THANKS to Kathy Grant Nyman, AA's local golf Coach in helping AA soar at the Georgia & Carolina State Championships.
Short game - Short game - Short game!
From shortening the putter backswing to teaching how to read the grain of the green. And so much more! Thank You Coach Kathy!