2022-23 Golf Season
Coach Kevin's Challenge:
Play 90 holes of golf.
CHS Golf Team Pledge
I am going to put forth the necessary time,and effort needed, and to do my part to help this golf program succeed.
My commitment to the CHS Golf Team is the following:
To manage my time, plan and identify areas of improvement for the team, myself, and to keep up with school. I will be an active member of this team, attend and be on time to all practices, games and meetings. I will put forth the highest level effort and be mindful of other team members and coaching staff's needs, while valuing everyone's time.
I will expect in return other team members and coaches will commit in the same way to the team and give it the time & effort it demands.
Be Active In The Lives Of Your Family, Because They Are Central To Who You Are.
It's in our DNA - Family is the best motivator you will have, and is there from the beginning and throughout your lives. So remember to stay involved, and be nice to family, friends, and even strangers today, because tomorrow you may be on the other side.
"Remember that Integrity is more in demand than Intelligence, and you’ll be OK.”
Have a great summer and - Go play 90 holes of golf!
Short Term, Mid Term and Long Term Golf Goals - Working To Achieve Our Goals Is A Lifestyle, Not A Destination :)
In order to achieve our goals, we take small steps towards them - they are usually met in small increments.
When setting your goals, make sure they are reasonable and measurable. Reasonable goals set you up for success, and measurable goals let you know how close you are there, and most importantly when you achieve them. Measure, review and redefine your goals regularly.
It was an eventful week for our golf team as we geared up for the regional tournament at Fox Hill Golf Course. Here's a recap of our team's achievements and individual performances:
On Monday, we started the week with a light practice session alongside the talented Regional team. This allowed us to fine-tune our skills and prepare for the upcoming challenge. Tuesday was the day we had been eagerly anticipating—the regional tournament. Our team put forth a commendable effort and secured a respectable 7th place overall, with a combined team score of 318. We are proud of each team member's contribution to this achievement. n terms of individual performances, Julia Love stood out by securing an impressive 9th place, recording a score of 89. Her consistent play and determination truly paid off. Danielle DeMartin demonstrated her skills and finished in 28th place, earning a score of 108. We also had Tatum Choi and Maya McGibbon, who gave it their all and secured 35th and 40th places, respectively. Tatum achieved a score of 121, while Maya scored 127. Their resilience and perseverance throughout the tournament were inspiring to witness.
Congratulations are in order not only for our team, but also for all the competitors who showcased their hard work and dedication during the regional tournament. It was a successful event that highlighted the talent and passion within our golf community. As we move forward, we will continue to build upon this experience, further honing our skills and striving for even greater success in the future. Keep up the fantastic work, team!
Monday: No General Practice.
Tuesday: State Championship
Wednesday: State Championship
Thursday : NO Practice
Beat The Coach Tournament (Best Ball Scramble)
Walnut Creek Tee Times starting at 8:20 am
Coaches Teams (Ricardo C, Kevin R, Tam Vu)
Parents Team (Patrick L, Mike DeMartin, Ed Curtain)
Players Team (Julia, Danielle, Elyse, Anna)
Players Team (Maya, Tatum, Megan, Paige)
Centarurs FishBowl starting at 5pm.
4A Girls State Golf Information:
Playing Under Pressure: Chicken Nuggets
week 13 - Regional Week
This great game we love to play is hard on any day. Add some pressure, and then what? Don't deny it or try to get rid of it, instead accept it and learn to play with it. For most of us, pressure feels like nerves and anxiousness, but in reality it is a little extra adrenaline that makes you feel this way - this puts you in an elevated mental and physical state, so use it to your advantage!
Move slow, swing slow, relax your grip and trust yourself!
Maintain an even pace, stick to your routine, plan your holes, and trust the decisions you make!
Think your way around a course, simplify the game, pick big targets, trust your training!
Realize you are in the greatest park in the world and you are playing a game you love... if pressure sneaks in, accept it and embrace the challenge that comes with it: Chicken Nuggets (Thanks JL - best advice ever!)
To prepare for the regional tournament, we focused on strengthening the mind (take a look at last week's writeup). Our week included an 18-hole round of golf at Indian Peaks on Monday, followed by putting, chipping, and driving range drills on Tuesday and Wednesday. Unfortunately, Thursday's practice was canceled due to rain.
Save The Date: Beat The Coach Tournament/Closing Ceremony (June 2nd)
As our season comes to a close, we can now begin organizing our Beat The Coach golf outing, where parents and students will have the opportunity to compete against the coaches' team. This will be followed by our closing ceremony on June 2nd. The golf course and venue for the closing ceremony are still pending confirmation. Parents, kindly RSVP for the event.
Monday: Practice at Indian Peaks (Varsity/JV OPtional)
Tuesday: Regional Tournament
Where: Fox Hill Golf Course, 9 am Shotgun. Arrive 1- 1.5 hours before, so you have time to settle, stretch, warm up, practice at the driving range.
Players: Julia Love, Danielle DeMartin, Maya McGibbon, Tatum Choi.
Wednesday: Pratcie at Indian Peaks (Regioanl Qualifiers)
Thursday: Pratice at Inidan Peaks (Regional Qualifires)
Regional Tournament: Rules Sheet
COACHES AND PLAYERS MEETING WILL BE AT 8:30 BY THE PUTTING GREEN
IT IS A SHOTGUN START AT 9:00 A.M. MOST GROUPS WILL BE IN 3-SOMES. PLEASE KEEP THE PACE OF PLAY TO 2 HOURS AND 15 MINUTES FOR EACH 9 HOLES. BE AT YOUR APPROPRIATE TEE 10 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR TEE TIME TO ASSURE TIMELINESS AND NO NEEDLESS PENALTIES.
COACHES PLEASE ASSIST WITH PACE OF PLAY
PLEASE REPLACE ALL DIVOTS AND REPAIR BALL MARKS ON THE GREENS
THERE ARE ONLY 2 DESIGNATED COACHES ALLOWED PER TEAM. CHSAA IS NOT ISSUING COACHES BADGES SO YOU ARE ON THE HONOR SYSTEM TO ONLY HAVE 2 COACHES COACHING.
COACHES, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP YOUR PLAYERS PARENTS FROM HAVING THE “APPEARANCE OF COACHING” DURING THE TOURNAMENT. PLEASE TALK TO YOUR PARENTS BEFORE PLAY BEGINS. PARENTS SHOULD NOT BE IN THE FAIRWAYS AT ALL AND SHOULD HAVE MINIMAL INTERACTION DURING PLAY (AND THIS INCLUDES BETWEEN THE GREEN AND TEES). IF WE SEE THIS HAPPENING, THERE WILL BE 1 WARNING, THEN A 2-STROKE PENALTY WILL BE ASSESSED – PLEASE DON’T PUT US IN THE POSITION OF ASSESSING A PENALTY TO A GIRL THAT COULD KEEP HER FROM QUALIFYING FOR THE STATE TOURNAMENT.
WHEN COMPETITORS HAVE COMPLETED PLAY, PLEASE ATTEST ALL SCORES WITH YOUR PLAYNG PARTNERS BEFORE LEAVING THE COURSE! ANY PLAYER WTH A SCORE THAT HAS NOT ATTESTED BY THE END OF TOURNAMENT WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
FORMAT & QUALIFYING
18 HOLES INDIVIDUAL STROKE PLAY. ALL PLAYERS WILL PLAY FROM THE RED TEES.
THE 3 BEST SCORES WILL BE USED FOR TEAM TOTALS. EACH REGION WILL QUALIFY 2 FULL TEAMS AND 13 INDIVIDUALS NOT ON A TEAM. THE 4TH QUALIFYING GOLFER ON A QUALIFYING FULL TEAM MUST POST A SCORE THAT IS WITHIN 10 STROKES OF THE LAST QUALIFYING INDIVIDUAL GOLFER NOT ON ONE OF THE 2 FULL TEAMS.
NOTE: IN CASE OF A TIES FOR INDIVIDUAL MEDALIST (1ST PLACE), FIRST AND SECOND PLACE TEAMS, LAST QUALIFIER(S) AND TWO ALTERNATES, TIES WILL BE BROKEN USING A PLAYOFF FORMAT WITH THE HOLES BEING DEFINED BY THE COURSE PROFESSIONAL.
USGA RULES WILL GOVERN ALL PLAY.
OUT-OF-BOUNDS AREAS ARE DEFINED BY THE INSIDE EDGES OF THE BOUNDARY FENCES DEFINING THE GOLF COURSE PROPERTY, AND BY THE INSIDE EDGES OF WHITE STAKES. ALL OUT-OF-BOUNDS AND LOST BALLS WILL BE PLAYED AS STROKE AND DISTANCE. IF THERE IS EVEN THE SLIGHTEST DOUBT WHETHER A BALL IS LOST OR OUT-OF-BOUNDS, PLAYERS SHOULD HIT A PROVISIONAL BALL FROM THE SPOT OF THE PREVIOUS STROKE.
IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT A RULING, PLAY A PROVISIONAL BALL AS WELL AS THE ORIGINAL BALL, WRITE DOWN THE SCORES FOR EACH, AND THE RULES COMMITTEE. CONSISTING OF THE 2 CGA RULES OFFICIALS ON SITE, AND THE HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL, WILL RESOLVE THE RULING AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE ROUND.
ALL FLOWER BEDS ARE MANDATORY FREE-RELIEF. THE RAILROAD TRACKS TO THE LEFT OF HOLES 9 AND 18 AND TO THE RIGHT OF HOLE 10 AND 11 ARE OUT OF BOUNDS. THE ROCK AREA BEHIND THE GREEN AND TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GREEN ON HOLE #14 IS FREE RELIEF.
THERE ARE NO DROP ZONES ON THE COURSE.
THE BUNKER ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HOLE #17 IS GROUND UNDER REPAIR
PLEASE REPLACE ALL DIVOTS AND REPAIR BALL MARKS ON THE GREENS.
HAVE A GREAT TIME ON A GREAT COURSE. THANK YOU TO THE FOX HILL CLUB AND ESPECIALLY TO THE GOLF STAFF FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT – PLEASE THANK THEM EARLY AND OFTEN!!!
Sharpening The Mind For Golf Away From The Golf Course: Strengthen Your Mind So It Becomes Firm And Stable
Last Weeks Recap
On Monday, we held our regular practice at Indian Peaks Golf Course in preparation for our last league match on Tuesday. Unfortunately, we did not have enough players to compete as a team, but our individual team members represented us well. Julia Love (T6/86) played a strong game, displaying the strength of her golf fundamentals. Danielle D (11th/95) tied her personal best, and Tatum Choi (18th/109) also played to a personal best.
On Wednesday, the team and coaches gathered at Centaurus High School to support Julia Love on her signing day. She has chosen to continue her golf career at Dort University. Due to inclement weather, we met at the Indian Peaks clubhouse on Thursday for a planning day and study hall.
This week, with our last league tournament complete, our regular golf season has come to an end. We are now focused on our Regional Tournament on May 23rd, followed by our State Tournament on May 30th and 31st. Practices will focus on our Varsity Team (Julia Love, Danielle D, Maya M, Tatum C, and Meagan K as our first alternate). JVs and Developmental players can participate, but attendance is optional.
Monday: Practice Round at Indian Peaks.
Tee Times starting at 1:48 and 2:00
Players: Julia L, Dannielle D, Maya M, Tatum C, Meagan K.
Players will be excused starting at 11:30 am.
Tuesday: Practice at Indian Peaks (Varsity/JV Optional)
Wednesday: Practice at Indian Peaks (Varsity/JV Optional)
Thursday: Practice at Indian Peaks (Varsity/JV Optional)
2023 Conference Standings
Practicing Relaxed Concentration: Less Trying - More Attention. Less Effort - More Observation.
Focused Attention -> Less Interference -> More Awareness -> Relaxed Concentration
Player: "I was hitting the ball so well on our practice round, now I can't get it back!" Coach: "Maybe it is because yesterday it did not matter as much as today - today you are craving it, you want to swing well so you can win? - Moral of the story: This very subtle craving causes your mind to become unbalanced, and you lose your concentration and feel - Enjoyment needs to be present in order to be able to play our best.
Practicing Relaxed Concentration: Let go of the results of your shots as you play and practice - keep a curious frame of mind and focus on one thing at a time. Go to the driving range and practice this, then take it to the course. Practice focusing your mind and not reacting or worrying when the outcome of your shot is not what you expected. Instead, and without judgment: observe and maintain attention.
Pre Round Questions: What will you focus on for this round (pick one): Target, Tempo, Freedom, something else you are working on.
Post Round Questions: How did you concentrate (1-10)?, Where can you improve? What did you learn from this round?
Remember, relaxed concentration is something you practice - it does not come naturally for everyone.
Last week summary
Our golf week kicked off on Monday with a productive practice session that centered around individual practice at the driving range. While some members of our team chose to utilize this time for a study hall, others honed their skills on the range, preparing for the busy week ahead.
Tuesday was an eventful day as Mead hosted our 5th league match at Twin Peaks Golf Course. It was a solid performance by our Varsity team, securing a commendable 4th place finish with a total score of 441. Representing Centaurus HS, Julia achieved an impressive T7th position out of 95 participants, followed by Danielle in 11th place out of 101, Maya in 18th place out of 112, and Meagan in 25th place out of 133. Additionally, on Tuesday, Coach Vu and Ratzlaff led the JV team's practice session. Elyse, Tatum, and Coach Kevin were present for the session, which involved normal putting drills and a competitive 6-hole match. The team then transitioned to the range, where Elyse and Tatum had the opportunity to hit shots from their entire bag. I had the privilege of providing Elyse with personalized 1-on-1 instruction, specifically focusing on proper driver and wood techniques.
As the week progressed, our practice sessions took place at Indian Peaks on Wednesday and Thursday, further allowing us to refine our skills and prepare for upcoming challenges.
Monday: Practice at Indina Peaks
Tuesday: Silver Creek Leage/JV match at Twin Peaks GC. (Last tournament of the year)
Tee times starting at 1pm.
Varsity Team: Julia L, Danielle D, Maya M, Tatum C.
JV Team: Meagan, Elyse, Anna, Page.
Wednesday: Meet at 4pm CHS Fishbowl for Signing Day.
Thursday: Practice at Indina Peaks
Allow Yourself Success: In order to win, you must be prepared to lose.
"I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions , I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot, and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And this is precisely why I succeed" - Michael Jordan.
Last Week's Recap
Last Tuesday, Coach Kevin R took our team to Fox Hill for our fourth league match. Despite a cold and soggy start, the sun eventually came out and we managed to finish in third place overall with a score of 430. Julia L (5th/93) was particularly impressive with her exceptional reads and decision-making skills. Congratulations to Danielle (T6th/94) and Maya (T16th/112) for achieving personal bests! Even Tatum (T23rd/131), who was feeling unwell and joined at the last minute, managed to finish strong.
On Wednesday, Coach Vu held practice with Elyse, Anna, and Paige. Although A&P were a little late, they informed the coach directly. The focus of the session was on putting, and range work. Coach Vu spent time with Elyse, going through her entire bag but giving particular attention to her hybrid, 9, and W clubs. The coach is pleased with Elyse's progress. Anna and Paige enjoyed hitting through their bags and Coach Vu's daughter, Isabelle, also joined the session. Everyone had a great range session, and practice ended around 6:20.
Next Week's Schedule
Monday: Practice at IP
Vrsity Team: Twin Peaks League Match, 8am Tee Times. (Julia L, Danielle D, Maya M, Meagan K, Tatum C)
JV Team: Practice at Indian Peaks
Wednesday: PRactice at Indian Peaks
Thursday: Practice at Indian Peaks
Golf Myths are out there, they are everywhere, but are they all true?
Which myths are you attached to? What is stopping you from letting go of them?
I need to remember certain parts of my swing in order to swing well?
My practice swing needs to feel perfect, so my actual swing will perform.
I lost something in my swing because I hit the ball poorly.
You have to be positive about everything in order to play well?
I had a bad day today, therefore I'll have a bad day tomorrow.
I will miss a shot at a vital time?
Golf myths are everywhere, but don't let them hold you back from improving your game. One of the most common myths is that you need a perfect swing to play well, but other factors like course management and mental toughness are equally important. Lastly, golf is not a slow and boring sport - it's strategic, mentally challenging, and offers social and physical benefits. Challenge these myths and discover the truth for yourself - golf is a wonderful sport accessible to all.
If you have not done so, please take a moment to pay for your uniform: $115, use this RevTrack link to pay.
Week 8 Recap
Our team kicked off the week on a positive note, participating in the second tournament of the year hosted by Fox Hill GC on a beautiful 72-degree day. We secured a respectable third-place finish with a team score of 439. Individually: Julia L (T2nd/88), Dannielle D (22nd/110), Tatum C (27th/117), and Maya M (36th/124) delivered impressive individual performances. We spent Tuesday and Wednesday refining our putting, chipping, and swing techniques at the driving range, but Wednesday's practice was cut short due to rain and snow. On Thursday, we traveled to Pelican Lakes GC for our third tournament of the year, hosted by Windsor HS. The cold and windy conditions made playing golf incredibly challenging. We were unable to score as a team because our Varsity team was short on players. Nevertheless, Julia L (T3rd/85), (T50th/120), and Meagan K (58th/127) showed their skills with solid individual performances.
PS - Tuesday Vanessa Diaz and Sophie Lewandowski from the Warrior Scroll stopped by and interviewed the team on opportunities for golf scholarships in this sport, and took some pictures.
Next Week Schedule
Monday: NO PRACTICE
Tuesday: Practice at Indian Peaks
Wednesday: Varsity Tournament
Players: Julia L, Danielle D, Tatum C, Maya M.,
JV Team: Practice at Indian Peaks.
Thursday: Practice at Indian Peaks.
Teach Golf and Help Others Learn The Game, Because Sharing Feeds Your Soul And Gives More Purpose To Your Game.
Goodwill to fellow members of the human race.
Active effort to promote human welfare by donating your time and/or knowledge.
An act or gift done or made for humanitarian purposes.
From personal experience, I can attest that sharing knowledge and skills with others, whether it's through coaching, teaching, or simply helping someone in need, brings a great sense of fulfillment. As the CHS Golf Coach, I have found the experience to be especially rewarding. Not only has it allowed me to improve my own golf game, but it has also given me the opportunity to inspire and support my team members. I am grateful for this opportunity and thank you all for your continued support.
Week 7 Recap
We started our week by hosting the first tournament of the year. We had 58 competitors participate (40 League, 18 invites). Thank you to everyone involved, and thank you to Patrick Love for bringing water and snacks. Our team played well and landed in fourth place with a team score of 433. Our varsity team Julia L (T-4th/87). Danny (105), Tatum (114), and Meagan (127). Our JV team played their first tournament ever, and loved it!
We spent the day at the driving range on Tuesday and Wednesday. Coach Vu led practice on Wednesday and shared the following message: "We did a 1 shot contest for Putting & Chipping from 3 different positions each. I had the launch monitor and had girls each hit 5 drives and recorded. Maya won the putting contest after making a 12-foot downhill putt in the tiebreaker, while Julia won the chipping contest." Coach Vu emphasized the value of challenges in our development. On Thursday, we played the first of several designated rounds of golf provided by Indian Peaks.
Uniforms were handed out on Thursday, and we are excited to wear them for the first time - they are awesome. Uniform Fees: $115, use this RevTrack link to pay.
Monday: Holy Family Hosts League Match #2 (Varsity Only)
Fox Hill Golf Coruse, 11 am Shotgun
Varsity Players: Julia L, Daniele D, Maya M, Tatum C.
JV Players: Practice at Indian Peaks.
Tuesday: Practice at Indian Peaks.
Wednesday: PRactice at Indian Peaks
Thursday: Windsor Hosts League March #3 (Everyone Plays)
Pelican Lakes Golf Course, 9am Shotgun
Varsity Players: JuliaL, Danialle D, Maya M, Megan K
JV Playesr: Elyse, Page, Anna
Be a Healthy Individual, Because Golf Without Health Is _________ .
The Many Faces of Health
Food Health - Nutrition
Physical Health - Strength and Agility
Mental Health - Balanced and well adjusted.
Relationship Health - Friends, family and loved ones.
Week 6 Recap
This week, our team had a mix of activities and weather events. On Monday, we had a chance to hit the course and play 4 holes of golf at Indian Peaks. On Tuesday, we had a snow day and took the opportunity to work on our individual goals and catch up on some homework at the Indian Peaks Clubhouse. Unfortunately, our tournament scheduled for Wednesday had to be postponed due to weather conditions, so we took the day off.
On Thursday, we ramped up our preparation for our upcoming league/invite tournament. Julia played 18 holes with Coach Ricardo. On the back nine, we joined Kaleb (last years 5A individual state champion) and Ryan from Monarch HS. The rest of the team played with Coach Kevin. We all had a productive practice session, and we're feeling confident and excited about our upcoming tournament.
Overall, it was a good week for our team, despite the weather-related setbacks. We're all looking forward to our first tournament of the year, and wish everyone the best of luck. Let's go out there and give it our all!
Uniforms were handed out on Thursday, and we are excited to wear them for the first time - they are awesome.
PS - Thank you Patrick Love for your support :)
CHS Hosts League Meet #2 at India Peaks.
Shotgun starting at 9am - arrive at the course at 8am, or earlier.
Varsity Team: Julia L, Maya M, Danielle D, Meagan. (Play 18 holes)
JV Team: Page, Anna, Elyse. (Play 18 holes, best ball scramble).
Tuesday: Practice at Indian Peaks.
Wednesday: Practice at Indian Peaks.
Thursday: Practice at Indian Peaks.
Know Your Strengths And Weaknesses, Because You Cannot Improve What You Don't Measure.
Do you know:
Your playing stats (GIR's, U/D, Putts, Fairways)
Your club distances, including 1/2 and 3/4 swing, wind and rain?
Where your misses are with you putter, chips, irons and from the tee box?
Your Golf Routine?
How long do you stand over the ball before you swing?
The way certain foods affect you?
How do you talk to yourself?
When you practice, invest 20% of your time in your strengths and 80% of your time in your weaknesses - because it is the best and safest way to improve your confidence.
Week 5 Recap
I hope everyone had a great Spring break, and you are ready for the start of tournament season.
Monday: Practice at Indian Peaks.
Tuesday:Practice at Indian Peaks.
League Meet #1 at Coyote Creek Golf Course (Firestone)
Shotgun starting at 9am.
Varsity Team: Julia L, Maya M, Danielle D, Meagan. (Play 18 holes)
JV Team: Page, Anna, Elyse.
Thursday: Parctice at Indian Peaks.
Minimize Errors, Because They Are The Biggest Enemy To A Successful Round Of Golf.
"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs... If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same… you’ll be a man (woman) my son.” - Rudyard Kipling
Reference: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom Book by Don Miguel Ruiz
Week 4 Recap
On Monday, we enjoyed the nice weather by playing 5 holes of golf. We formed teams and played a mini contest, which was both fun and provided a gentle introduction for our first-year players who had never used a scorecard before. On Tuesday, we practiced at the range, focusing on our iron play and putting. Wednesday was a cold and rainy day, and since school was in the middle of midterms, we spent the day at Top Golf for a Practice/Study day. Coach Vu ran practice and shared that we ended right at 6 PM, which was perfect timing as the weather was getting bad. Some of us chose to study, while others hit the ball. On Thursday, we followed our strength training program at the gym.
Next week's schedule
There will be no practices next week as BVSD is on Spring Break. However, for those players who are in town and want to play one round of golf before our first tournament on April 6th, we have a tee time reserved for Thursday, March 30th, starting at 1:30 PM. Please RSVP if you would like to participate.
Play Within Your Means And Be Ready For Whatever The Game Brings, Because The Game Will Challenge You Every Time You Play.
Trying to hit a perfect shot every time you swing the club is not a sustainable approach and can lead to unnecessary tension. Instead, focus on developing a consistent and effective swing that can help you achieve success over time. Knowing that you have the ability to recover from any situation and still make par can help free your mind from worry and tension. Be creative and use your imagination to your advantage, as it can be your best ally on the golf course.
If you struggle with the pressure of expecting nothing but perfect shots, consider watching Bob Newhart's 'STOP IT' video. It offers a humorous perspective on how to break free from negative thought patterns and enjoy the game more.
Week 3 Recap
Our golf team had a productive week filled with various activities. On Monday, we were delighted to have a warm day at Indian Peaks and played four holes of golf while also continuing to work on our short game. Additionally, we held a vote for the position of Team Captain, and Julia Love won - congratulations Julia!
On Tuesday, we spent the day at the driving range, where we honed our skills in putting, chipping, and full swing practice. Wednesday's practice was led by Coach Vu and assisted by Julia. Coach Vu shares: "Julia did a good job running practice. Today was 30 minutes of putting. Then we had an extended range session". Finally, on Thursday, we met at the gym for a strength training session, which helped us improve our fitness and endurance. Overall, it was an excellent week of varied and productive practice for our golf team.
Week 4 Schedule:
Monday: Parctice at Inidan Peaks
Tuesday: Parctice at Inidan Peaks
Wednesday: Parctice at Inidan Peaks
Thursday: Strength Training at Centaurus HS
** Unless we have an unexpected change in weather, we'll meet at Indian Peaks every day.
Be The Best At What You Do, Because Being Good is not Good Enough
Week 2 Recap
On Monday, we had a great time playing five holes of golf at Indian Peaks. The team enjoyed the beautiful weather and showed off their skills on the course.
On Tuesday, we gathered at Centaurs High School's Fish Bowls to learn more about the rules of golf. We watched the USGA's videos and had a presentation from Brad Wiseley, CGA's Rules Official. It was a great opportunity for the team to brush up on their knowledge of the game.
Later that day, we held a parents' meeting, and we appreciate everyone who attended. It was an excellent chance for parents to get to know the coaches and learn about our team's upcoming events - Thank you parents!
On Wednesday, we visited Top Golf and had a blast hitting golf balls and practicing our swings.
Thursday was all about strength training with Coach Ratzlaff at the school. The team worked hard and gave it their all.
Overall, it was a great week for our golf team. We can't wait to see what next week brings!
PS - We are looking forward to our Thespians to join the team next week. Break a leg!
An excellent week wrapped up with warmer weather in the future...hopefully! As the familiarity with the game progresses, please don't forget to begin identifying individual goals you have for the season. Continue to focus on what is in front of you, rather than what is not. Being focused on the process rather than the result will work wonders for your progress. One step at a time, one swing, one round. Great work ladies!
Week 3 Schedule
Monday: Practice at Indian Peaks
Tuesday: Strength Training at CHS Practice at Indian Peaks
Wednesday: Practive at Indian Peaks (Top Golf Backup)
Thursday (Practice at Indian Peaks (Top Golf Backup) - Strength Training at CHS
You Must Have A Sound Understanding Of What The Game Of Golf Really Is. If You Don't Get This Right, The Rest Will Never Work.
What is the game of golf (really) about?
Golf is not just about hitting the ball hard or far. It's about hitting consistently, mostly straight, and knowing that you're never out of the hole. The real opponent is the golf course, and it requires strategy, focus, and resilience to succeed.
Walter Hagen, a legendary golfer, once said, "Now what you have to understand is that three bad shots and one good shot still make par. You see, golf is the game of recovery." This quote highlights the importance of resilience and the ability to bounce back from setbacks. It's about reacting appropriately in every situation, managing the course, and playing smart golf.
Ultimately, having a plan will be your best friend. Whether it's for the driving range, before taking a swing, an upcoming tournament, a meeting with your teacher, or even before you make a phone call, making a plan takes just 30 seconds. This will help you stay focused, make smart decisions, and achieve your goals.
I encourage you to continue practicing and playing with passion, commitment, and discipline. Remember that every day is an opportunity to improve your game and develop your skills. We believe in you, and we're here to support you every step of the way.
Last Weeks Recap
Our tryout week was such a blast! We kicked things off with six enthusiastic players showing up on the first day and after a quick team meeting, we hit the course and played five holes. Despite the chilly weather, we kept up the momentum and practiced at Top Golf on Tuesday and Wednesday, making the most of the available heaters. As for March, we've decided to move our Wednesday and Thursday practices to TopGolf on days when the weather isn't great, and Tuesdays will be all about strength conditioning. Although three of our returning players have conflicts for the first two weeks of the season (School Play), we're optimistic about having an eight-player team this year. With a lot of hard work and perseverance, we're hopeful that we can send two or three players to this year's state championship!
Great first week! We have some great athletes this year and a strong group to begin. Looking forward to the entire team being able to get together after the first couple of weeks and to start competing. Remember to dress warm through the initial weeks of the season as the weather could be cold!
Coaches Note on Attendance
Attendance is mandatory for all practices, meetings, fundraisers, and meets in which the athlete is scheduled to compete.
If an athlete knows that they will not be able to attend a practice, they must inform the Head Coach at least twenty-four hours in advance. In case of unexpected illness, the athlete's parent or guardian should inform the coach in the morning of the illness.
Excused absences are those due to medical appointments or official school functions that require an adult's presence. An athlete with an excused absence must provide a note from their doctor, teacher, parent, or adult supervisor. If an athlete is late to practice and does not have a note, it will be assumed that they were skipping practice.
Week 2 Schedule
Monday: Indian Peaks
Tuesday: CHS Fish Bowl
Wednesday: Top Golf
Thursday: CHS Weight Room
Parents Meeting Agenda
Day Field Trip Form (select responsibility of student or parent for the golf season)
Team and Personal Goals
Coach Kevin Recaps
Returning players have begun work on their season goals. Keep some focus on those and be consistent revisiting them. We will spend time each week reflecting on how the goals are progressing. For new players, once the confidence with the clubs and the swing are developed, we will start goal setting.
League: 4a Region 3 Northern League
League Teams: Centaurus, Holy Family, Longmont, Mead, Silver Creek, Windsor.
Practices will take place at Indian Peaks, alternatively, if the weather does not cooperate at either the School Gym OR at Top Golf in Thornton if there is availability. We will take some time this year and focus on flexibility, strength and conditioning, as well as golf swing fundamentals, course management and the mental game.
We will have 6 League Tournaments through the year.
5 players play, 4 scores count for team scores.
Overall team scoring will determine league champion
The top eight players based on league meet finishes (including all ties) will be declared All-Conference Team
Honorable mention golfers will consist of those placing 9th-16th based on overall score
This year, Centaurus HS will host a league tournament on April 10th. Everyone in the CHS team plays!
Invites and Additional Playing Opportunities
We will have invite opportunities for the JV team throughout the season.
We will make an effort to add any playing opportunities for the team, including a team scramble, beat the coach tournament at the end of the year.
Youth On Course will be paid for by the team.
Regionals and State Championship
Regional Tournament: May 23rd at Fox Hill golf course in Longmont.
Top (4) players on the team represent the school at regionals.
Two teams + 13 players qualify for the state championship.
State Tournament: Thorncreek Golf Course in Thonton - Two Day
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Parents Questions / Closing Comments
Let's play golf!
You are Never Out Of The Hole
Week 1 - Tryouts Week Feb 27-March 2nd
Requirements - Mandatory
Register online (see below)
You'll need a sports physical and other required items.
You cannot participate if you don't have this completed!
Day Field Trip Form (select responsibility of student or parent for the golf season)
Registration (message from the office)
Our team may be limited to 12 players.
Tryout Week Schedule (may change without notice)
First Day (Monday) meet at Indian Peaks at 430pm - bring your golf clubs!
We will start with introductions and season overviews.
Team hopefuls will practice on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday when we pick our team finalists and Varsity, JV and developmental teams.
Rules of Golf - Quiz
Take this USGA rules of golf quiz (10 questions/Basic) as many times as you need until you pass with 80%. If you think this is too easy, pick intermediate or advanced level quizzes.
Monday: Indian Peaks 4:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday: Top Golf 4:30-6:30 pm
Wednesday: Top Golf 4:30-6:30 pm
Thursday: Centaurus Weight Room 4:30-6:30 pm
Open House - Boys and Girls CHS Students Welcome
** Incoming Freshmen are not able to participate at this time (apologies for the disinformation).
Coach Ratzlaff Strength Training
Coach Kevin Ratzlaff will lead strength and conditioning sessions on Mondays and Fridays from 3:30-5pm at CHS Weight Room. Take advantage of this, as it will make you a more complete golfer. No need to register, just show up and be ready to work!
"Off-season training and spring/summer golf tournaments are a great way to improve on your game while getting to hang out with your teammates (which makes everything more fun). Plus, you’ll also meet a lot of great golfers from across the state and make new friends that you’ll end up playing with for years to come."
Summer Golf League
The Summer Golf League is intended to get students involved, meet each other and better prepare for the upcoming CHS Golf Season.
If you are a proficient player (score in the 90's, or better) you'll play stroke or match play rounds.
If you have played and are still learning the game (scores 100 to 125) you'll play a scramble with other players of similar skill.
If you have never played, or can hit the ball 150+ yards consistently, or feel you are not ready for this competitive golf league, I recommend you use the YOC Plass to find golf, take private lessons, practice and play, so you can improve your skills and join us later in the summer.
During the Round of Golf
Student players will be responsible for all fees. We will be playing YOC courses, so you only pay $5 per round.
We will be playing on Thursday mornings starting June 23rd and ending the week before CHS Boys Golf Team tryouts.
You are responsible for your own transportation - getting there and back. If you cannot drive, I encourage you to coordinate and carpool with other parents/students.
CALENDAR CONFIMRATION: You will receive a calendar reminder for every outing one week before the event. Confirm your attendance in the calendar event one week before our round to guarantee your spot.
Take a look at the calendar, so you can see where and when we will be playing.
Please add yourself to this WhatsApp group, as we will use this for communication.
Coach Bill's Book Recommendation
"I just finished a book that I think you might find instructive for the kids an us. It’s “The Pro, Lessons about Golf and Life from my father, Claude Harmon, Sr.” by Butch Harmon. Besides some fun stories he has a number of things he’s learned about the game and life. He also discusses his instruction of Tiger which is fun." - Coach Bill.
(Have these shots / Own these shots)
Putting: 3 /30 ft. Putting
Chipping: Chipping to 3 ft.
Irons /Woods : 50, 100, 150, 200+ yards
Never Out Of The Hole.
Coach's 8 Golf Disciplines
You must have a sound understanding of what the game of golf really is - if you dont get his right, the rest will never work.
Be The Best At What You Do - Because Being Good Is Not Good Enough!
Play within Your Means And Be Ready For Whatever The Game Brings - Because The Game Will Challenge You Every Time You Play.
Minimize Errors - Because They Are The Biggest Enemy To A Successful Round Of Golf.
Know Your Strengths And Weaknesses - Because You Cannot Improve What You Don't Measure.
Be a Healthy Individual - Because Golf Without Health Is _________ .
Teach Golf and Help Others Learn The Game - Because Sharing Feeds Your Soul And Gives More Purpose To Your Game.
Be Active In The Lives Of Your Family - Because They Are Central To Who You Are.
Effort: If you plan to improve at golf, you should not expect to avoid adversity; rather you should prepare your mind to absorb adversity (Gio Valiante)
Control: The secret lies in just letting the round mature - there's no need to force it. (Tiger Woods)
Time: How can something feel really fast and really slow at the same time?
Awareness: Reaching the impossible is merely a matter of stringing together a series of the possible.
Think Small, Play Big: What can you control on the golf course and what is out of your control? This is the same as asking, where should your PLAYING FOCUS be?
Make Pressure your friend: You must do the things which you think you cannot do (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Love Your Swing, Play your Swing: Feel at ease, lack worry, and no guessing as you hit the ball. (Walter Hagen)
How long will a shot go - it depends! (discussion).