Francis Howell Golf Weekly Notes
Week of May 23rd 2016
End of Season BBQ on May 31st
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Porter, Dallas, and Marcelle Advance to State
Blake Porter -- 71
Dylan Marcelle -- 78
Nathan Dallas -- 79
Porter, Dallas, and Marcelle Compete at State Tournament
The boys traveled to State and the Class 4 course at Silo Ridge in Bolivar, MO (outside Springfield). It was a picture perfect practice round in terms of weather on Sunday.
The tournament itself took place in what can best be described at British Open conditions. There was no break in the rain, wind, and cold weather on Monday and Tuesday. If anyone ever wonders why we practice in sub-par conditions and play matches in the rain, the 2016 State Experience is why we do it. Many other classes cancelled their tournament after the first round.
Despite the weather, it was a fun time with a team meal at Buffalo Wild Wings to cheer on the Blues and an annual trip to Lambert's. We encountered a dog parking a car and a closed gates at FHHS. It was a memorable experience that everyone will remember forever. Our guys competed with class and determination in tough conditions.
Blake Porter 153 (80-73)
Nathan Dallas 171 (86-85)
Dylan Marcelle 174 (83-91)
Blake Porter Finishes 5th at State.
I can't do enough to describe what an accomplishment All-State is for a golfer. Class 4 is the toughest field of golfers in the state of Missouri. The process starts with 800+ golfers in Districts and eventually gets whittled down to the State tournament.
Blake becomes the fourth Francis Howell golfer in the last ten years to earn All-State honors. Francis Howell has had a golfer earn All-State for the sixth time in nine years. This is the most in GAC South, Central, or North during this time period and has to be near the top of Missouri/St. Louis high schools.
Recent All-State Golfers:
Corey Heiland (10th -- 2008)
Mike Wootten (13th -- 2010)
Mike Wootten (State Champ -- 2011)
Mike Wootten (11th -- 2012)
Chris Wootten (11th -- 2014)
Blake Porter (5th -- 2016)
We have been very fortunate to have such a successful season on all levels so far. However, the ultimate goal for the program is to continue to get better, not only in the GAC, but also in the St. Louis area and statewide.
Other programs in the conference and area will continue to get better. We are graduating five great golfers who have achieved impressive things. We cannot get better by showing up in March with little to no focused work in the off-season.
Important summer information:
There are two BIG off-season recommendations that the staff has for golfers to get better.
- Work with a PGA Professional in structured lessons. These lessons don’t have to be daily or even weekly, but a trained PGA Professional will help golfers improve and make long-term changes that will result in better fundamentals. It is very difficult to make major changes in March without a level of discomfort. There are many great PGA Professionals, so please see me if you want any recommendations.
- Play COMPETITIVE tournaments. The high school golf season is fairly quick and provides competition in match and tournament form. Playing in summer and/or fall tournaments helps golfers develop fundamentals under pressure. Playing golf in any form is always a good thing, but these tournaments best simulate golf under pressure. Many of our golfers are multisport athletes (which is excellent) and I know this can make things busy at times. However, there are many options available that can fit into schedules. Some possible organizations/tournaments:
- http://gatewaypga.org/jrgolf/ - The Gateway PGA offers a great summer and fall program. They offer several different divisions, including the TOUR division that provides two-day tournaments. They also have a fall schedule.
- http://www.acceleratedgolftour.org/ - The Accelerated Golf Tour is geared towards advanced high school golfers and consists of two-day tournaments only.
I cannot stress the need to work during the summer AND fall enough. Work in the off-season will help both team and individual golfer progress. Remember that spots are not reserved for anyone. You risk getting passed by other golfers with lack of focused work to prepare for next year.
Important Save the Dates
1. Golf End of Season BBQ -- Tuesday, May 31st
We will celebrate the season and honor our seniors. Time TBA, though the location has now been determined, as the Hunt family has graciously offered to host the event at their home.. We would love 100% attendance from golfers and families.
2. Golf Camp -- June 20th - June 23rd
We are tentatively scheduled to hold golf camp June 20th - June 23rd from 8am-12pm. We do not expect current team members to register, but we do ask for any help we can get from them as counselors during the week. This helps grow the game of golf for younger kids in the area and helps develop the future of our program. Many of our current program members are camp alumni.
3. Francis Howell Boys Golf Tournament -- Thursday, July 21st
This is a crucial part to funding our program. Our program goes above and beyond compared to others in the area. We have range finders, practice rounds, extra equipment, etc. Much of this has to do with having the money raised from our annual tournament. In addition, Whitmoor is very kind to us because we provide them with consistent business through our tournament. We don't do five hundred different fundraisers. The tournament is our main focal point for fundraising. We will be seeking your help in obtaining golfers, hole sponsors (great source of money), and raffle/basket donation items. In addition, we will also be looking for volunteers to help in planning and helping on the day of the tournament.
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