Junior Programs: Why Junior Golf?
Happy Friday, everyone! Spring can only mean one thing: golf season is upon us! My name is Megan Kinney, and I am the new Junior Golf Director for the High Performance Golf Academy located at Keene Trace Golf Club.
Below, I have attached a video introducing myself and giving a little more information about a couple programs we have planned for our juniors!
A little more about my junior golf story...
I started my golf career at a junior camp. I had never touched a club before and I can remember telling my Dad to not leave me there alone. I was so nervous. And yet, it was at that camp that I fell in love with the game. It was there that I felt the joy from hitting a good shot or sinking a putt. Because of that camp, I begged my Dad to take me to the driving range everyday after. Ultimately, I owe my entire love for the game to that little golf camp.
Golf was the thing that kept me out of trouble. It was my motivation. It taught me the value of hard work and sacrifice. And, golf taught me how to handle heartbreak. Because, let's be real, we fail more times than we succeed in this game. I can't tell you how many times I missed a putt on the last hole, or hit one out of bounds in a playoff, or made a silly mistake that ended up costing me. That's just the game. I would look at my Dad on our drive home with tears in my eyes and make the empty promise to swear off the game for good. Yet the next day, I would be out there practicing, pushing myself to be better.
My love for the game always outweighed the feeling of defeat. Golf was my home. My safe place. And no matter what, it will always be the sport that provides me that comfort.
I think was my biggest benefit from golf was the bond it gave me with my Dad. We had always been best friends, but golf gave me so much time with him. I lucked out-- my Dad isn't a normal "golf dad". He never got mad, and he never forced me to practice. He was just along for the ride. He is truly my biggest fan. I can't tell you how many nights he stayed out on the golf course as I hit wedge shot after wedge shot to him in the dark. He would take me early in the morning to putt until my hands went numb. He went to almost every tournament of my career. Countless hours on the road together led to our best conversations. He would sing my favorite songs with me as we traveled to a tournament, and no matter what score I shot, he would always make me laugh on our way back. He is the person that believes in me even when I don't believe in myself. People think you'll only remember your wins but as I get older, I realize that golf gave me something that can never be repayed. It gave me an unbreakable, unwaivering bond with my best friend.
So, if you find yourself wondering why should I put my kid in junior golf? I can honestly tell you, the benefits are countless.
I really look forward to working with and investing in our juniors at the academy and Keene Trace Golf Club. I promise to work tirelessly to help each junior accomplish their individual goals-- on and off the golf course.
Click here to learn about our Summer Junior Program, OPERATION: NEXT!
Feel free to contact me with any questions!