If you've got a budding golfer in the family, you might want to consider attending a free junior clinic during the American Junior Golf Association tournament at Centennial Golf Club.
The AJGA occasionally stages clinics, using their own top young players as teachers, as well as staff members from the host course and the AJGA.
"They'll have some of their kids giving some testimony and helping kids out with their swings," said Vince Domenzain, Centennial director of golf.
The clinic is Monday, July 16, at 2:30 p.m. Many of the top players will participate in a junior-amateur tournament that morning, then help with the clinic. Others in the 144-player boys and girls field will be in an afternoon practice round at the time.
The AJGA tournament, in its third year here, starts the following day, running Tuesday through Thursday.
It brings top-level juniors from throughout the U.S. to the area.
The idea of having kids teaching kids is a good one, said Domenzain.
"I would say they definitely respond better with the kids," he said. "They're more their age and can relate in all different kinds of ways rather than having that authority figure telling them things. It's more their peers helping them. For the kids to see these kids who are not many years older, seeing them what they can do with a golf ball, it really helps. Kids are so visual. Seeing kids perform and hit the shots, hopefully they can pick it up."
How good are some of these players? Fourteen current AJGA members made it into this week's U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis.
Among them is Elisabeth Bernabe, who will be a senior in Anaheim Hills, Calif. Prior to tying for ninth in the 2010 Centennial event, she set the women's course record with a 65 from the men's tees in the junior-am.
Bernabe was in good stead at the Open after Day 1, shooting a 2-over-par 74. But she shot a 79 Friday and missed the cut.
SPEAKING OF junior golf, Medford's Dylan Wu has begun a whirlwind schedule that will have him crisscrossing the country.
The 15-year-old, who has led St. Mary's to the past two Class 3A/2A/1A state championships, begins his odyssey in California, then will fly to New Hampshire, then to Florida.
He'll compete in the Callaway Junior Worlds at Torrey Pines South in La Jolla, Calif., Monday through Thursday. It kicks off with a clinic by noted instructor David Leadbetter.
Last year's winner was Beau Hossler, who, at 17, was in the mix recently at the U.S. Open.
Among those in the field this year is George Cunningham, who won the inaugural AJGA Centennial Junior and set the men's course record of 64.
Wu will then be off to Stratham, N.H., for the U.S. Junior Amateur July 16-21 — resulting in him missing the local AJGA event.
A couple days later, he'll be in Orlando, Fla., at the Wyndham Cup, an AJGA match-play invitational pitting West vs. East teams at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge.
IF YOU THINK Hossler was impressive in the U.S. Open, consider a story I came across of a younger player. The headline was "Beau Who?"
Scott Scheffler, a Dallas 16-year-old, shot two rounds of 61 in the same week.
One was at the par-71 Northwood Club in Dallas, a course that hosted the 1952 U.S. Open. It broke Hunter Mahan's record.
Two days later, his 9-under 61 came at Dallas Country Club, tying the course mark held by Kelly Kraft, who recently turned pro and was 62nd at the Masters.
Oh, and Wu and Scheffler will be West teammates in the Wyndham Cup.
A BY-PRODUCT of a new title sponsor on the PGA Tour's feeder circuit, the Web.com Tour, appears to be expanded TV coverage — the better, perhaps, to catch Ashland's Jason Allred in action.
At season's start, when it was the Nationwide Tour, only a couple tournaments were earmarked for broadcast.
Only one of the season's first 12 tournaments was televised on The Golf Channel.
The 13th event — and the first under the Web.com umbrella — aired on TGC. As of now, 10 of the remaining 14 are scheduled.
Allred has played in 13 events, making six cuts and cracking the top 25 four times. He's earned $36,592.
He's 69th on the money list and has a scoring average of 71.26.
The top 25 on the money list earn PGA Tour cards for 2013.
Next year, the number of cards issued from the Web.com doubles to 50. They will be determined by a three-tournament postseason featuring the top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list and the players ranked 126th to 200th on the PGA Tour list.
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