Posts Tagged ‘junior golfer’

Local Junior Golfer will play at Augusta National

By: Tony Adragna on April 1st, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 1.40.34 PMNels Surtani, a Junior Golfer from Noblesville, will be participating in the National Drive, Chip, and Putt contest at August National on Sunday, April 6th.

The Golf Channel will dedicate an entire five hour, live production as 88 junior golfers from North America compete to be the Drive, Chip, and Putt National Champion.

Nels Surtani will be one of the 88 participants, but the road he was forced to take there is anything out of the ordinary.

The Golf Channel highlighted Nels in their “Overcoming the Odds” video series.  The video can be seen in its entirety below.

You can also find out more information about the Drive, Chip, and Putt contest by clicking this link.

Inspiring, or Intimidating?

By: Tenna Merchent on July 25th, 2012

When I heard that 10-year-old female golf Latanna Stone qualified to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur championship, I wasn’t sure if I felt inspired or overwhelmed. As the parent of an junior golfer aspiring to play the tour someday, these child prodigy’s and their amazing accomplishments can make you feel like you simply aren’t doing enough.

We’ve chosen however to take it as inspiration. It is so wonderful that these young people can accomplish so much. We have decided to take a slightly different path, while our son still competes, he also goes to camp, has play dates, and leads a somewhat normal life, with golf clearly on his top 10 list of things he thinks about, talks about, worries about, wants to do with his time…

So we have decided to add golf inspiration to the list of Purgatory Golf Club’s responsibilities. We hope to accomplish this in a number of ways, with quotes, stories, photographs (of course), and anything else that we think may keep your motivated to enjoy the game of golf, and not worry about the fact that you or your offspring didn’t qualify for a big tournament at 14 or 10. Because, even though I hate to say it…there is more to life than golf.


Hard Decisions about New Clubs

By: Tenna Merchent on July 17th, 2012

In this video, Mike and Clay Merchent discuss the difficult decision that Clay made regarding his awesome, but heavy new custom made clubs. His new club were custom made for him, so they were the right length and the proper lie, but they were still too heavy for his young swing. He ultimately made the tough decision to stick with his older junior clubs, and to save his new amazing custom clubs for when he is a little stronger and older. Very mature decision. Many junior golfers go to too long of a club before they are ready. It gives them short term benefits, but in the long run it hurts their game because the don’t learn how to generate club head speed with their core, which Clay actually does quite well.