By Debbie Lee and Chris Hummer, AJGA Communications
WORD FROM THE WISE: During the David Leadbetter Clinic, Dr. Bob Winters and Trevor Anderson gave players noteworthy pointers that touched upon the psychological and physical aspect of the game of golf.
Dr. Bob Winters, a sports psychologist and performance consultant with the Leadbetter Academy, advised players to be aware of their thoughts and emotions when preparing to hit a shot, as the mental routine is just as important as the physical.
The game of golf is not just a test of physical stamina, but also a challenge to preserve a mental focus through each shot.
Trevor Anderson, who assists players at the Leadbetter Academy, gave our players a few tips to avoid the typical misconceptions of a normal “warm up” prior to teeing off.
“Hitting 30 golf balls on the range before your round is not a warm up,” Anderson said. “Without properly stretching and stimulating your muscles those 30 swings are actually negative movement that will influence your performance”
COMPETITORS AND SISTERS: A photo capturing sisters Maria Andreina Merchan and Maria Alejandra Merchan, who like Team 1, traveled from Weston, Fla., down to ChampionsGate, Fla., for the GolfPride / David Leadbetter Junior Classic. Going into a one-hole sudden-death playoff for the Girls Division championship, Maria Alejandra Merchan intensely watched her older sister with hands clasped together. As the winning putt dropped into the cup, champion Maria Andreina Merchan, who just won her first AJGA event, was greeted on No.10 green with arms open wide for a heartwarming hug by her little sister.
KUDOS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS: The volunteers at the Golf Pride / David Leadbetter Junior Classic were a well-oiled machine. Over 25 volunteers, at a course without a membership to draw from, assisted daily to help make the tournament run smoothly. Water rovers distributed water with a smile and timing stations volunteers were always active to assist.
Most of the volunteers came from more than thirty minutes away just to help run a junior golf event out of kindness and compassion. They didn't view it as a day to help out; they genuinely enjoyed the experience in working with the juniors and helping the AJGA.
There are too many volunteers to thank individually, but the group at the Golf Pride / David Leadbetter Junior Classic was awesome, and the tournament would not have been able to run the same without them.