Our full time students are off to a great start this tournament season. This past weekend our students competed in the Hilton Head Junior Shootout in Hardeeville, SC. Our students brought home three placing awards: Fabricio took first in the 15-18 division, Angel took first in the 14-15 division and Jose took third in the 11-13 division.
Coming off of two first place wins in the Myrtle Beach Junior Open, helped boost the confidence of the students heading into Hilton Head.
According to Sales Recruiter Executive, Josh Kosinski, the students appeared to be less nervous at this tournament than their first one.
“Having tournament experience definitely helped them to settle in a little more and have a better routine.”
The students arrived in Hilton Head on Friday for their practice round. Ensuring that they were familiar with the course was key to their preparation for the tournament. The practice round allowed them to analyze the course for good misses, proper club selection, and hazards that they would have to avoid.
For full time student, Fabricio Gaxiola, consistency was key to his success in Hilton Head. Fabricio has more tournament experience than most, and uses it to his competitive advantage.
“Fabricio is consistent from tee to green,” said Kosinski. “ His 2nd shots were hitting the green and were easily converting to birdies.”
Although consistency was a benefit to Gaxiola’s game, full time student, Angel Guerra, took a slightly different approach. Guerra had the ultimate comeback, in order to take the win in his division. After saturday’s round, Guerra was sitting in fifth place. However, Guerra used his positive demeanor to his competitive advantage. He came back to take the lead, even through Sunday’s difficult weather conditions.
“It rained through about fourteen holes, but Angel was able to buckle down and persevere through the weather, when it mattered the most,” said Kosinski.
All of our students will have to adapt Guerra’s demeanor as they travel to Tarragona Spain for the Golf Evolve Spanish Junior Championship, next weekend. According to Kosinski, Spain will be “a whole different ballgame.” Many of the students have never seen the course that they will be playing on in Spain, which will require them to be adaptive and observant during their practice round. The competition will also be a little steeper than what the students have seen at their past two tournament. They will face other students who are used to global training and tough competition. However, through the precise training by our coaches, our student are prepared to play at their peak performance level and bring home a win.