"The more I practice, the luckier I get".
Let's start planning for a another great year for Karl. As most of you long-time supporters are aware, Karl comes from a modest bakground and relies entirely on outside support to play golf in any form.
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2014, age 12: 1st, Callaway Junior Worlds (1300+ Players, full results here)
2013, age 11: 2nd, US Kids World Championships (1300+ Players, full results here)
2012, age 10: 1st, Callaway Junior Worlds (1300+ Players, full results here)
2012, age 10: 1st, San Diego Junior Masters ( 550+ Players, full results here)
2011, age 9: 1st, US Kids World Championships (1200+ Players, full results here)
2010, age 8: 2nd, Callaway FCG Junior Worlds ( 300+ Players, full results here)
2009, age 7: 1st, US Kids World Championships (1200+ Players, full results here)
2008, age 6: 7th, US Kids World Championships (1200+ Players, full results here)
As of 2nd December, 2014;
Karl is a 13-year-old junior golfer who loves the game, who prefers tournament play to practice, who enjoys time with his friends and also playing other sports.
He plays off a scratch handicap.
Karl is presently on scholarship at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where he attends school, plays golf and hangs out with other sports-crazy kids, all of whom like to still do teenage things.
Our Goals for Karl.
Karl has a good record for a junior, but he is still quite young and many things can change in the next few years. For the time being though, he's proceeding along our goal of him getting to have choices when he's 18 by getting into a top college which has a leading golf programme. If that choice is golf then good, but it will be Karl's choice.
These are our goals for Karl;
I'm Karl's Dad and I endeavour to avoid overly embellishing Karl's golf, preferring to present the facts and provide points of reference for those people who follow Karl's career. As with a few prominent junior golfers of Karl's age there is a vast vault of information, hence the size of the website. There are also links to almost every result or story.
Feel free to email us with any comments, questions or words of encouragement for Karl to us at email@example.com.
30th November: Win. A 5-under 66 in the 2nd round which included a sizzling 6-under 30 on the Back Nine sees Karl (who at just 13 years and in Middle School) once again win the Freshman/Sophomore High School division, this time by 7 strokes.
Some suggested that Karl's win in a smaller than usual field for both the Freshman/Sophomore and also the Overall High School a few weeks was a one-off. Karl answered those doubters in magical style and only just missed out on again winning the Overall title in this full field, coming a close 2nd.
Ultimately he did indeed rue a poor first 9 in Saturday's round where he did not have a warm-up due to leaving his clubs behind at our host's house.
Here are all the facts and figures for this event;
29th November (Saturday) : Freezing conditions greeted the players at the start of play, with the morning temperature dropping to just 23 degrees Faranheit (minus 5 Celsius), making for abnormally high scores, particulalry for the first few hour's play.
Karl was 7-over for his first 9 holes, then knuckled down for just 1-over for the remainder of his round. He had missed out on his normal warm-up after he left his clubs at our host's house, leaving me to drive the 20-minutes back to get them and get back just a few minutes before Tee-off.
Now the question remains- will those extra few shots he wasted due to forgetting his clubs and not warming up cost him by the completion of the tournament on Sunday? We'll have to wait & see if it does...
23rd November: 4th Place. A sound effort by Karl to battle driving rain and disregard his scores in the knowledge that other players were withdrawing at a rapid rate and that an awful scorecard could still win. In fact, 2 of his scheduled playing partners for the final round withdrew. 3 weeks ago his scheduled playing partner won the last tournament with 7-under. This tournament was won with a score of 14-over!
The moral to this story for all players is to understand that you are always playing the course, and that as the conditions change so does the players ability to score.
Despite his club flying out of his hands on multiple occasions resulting in a few awful holes, Karl hung in there and posted a score which was good enough for a Tie for 4th. Against 67 fine High School players aged 15-18, that's a good little effort and spoke highly of Karl's refusal to ever give up.
22nd November: Palmetto Dunes at Hilton Head Island, a George Fazio design, is the home for this weekend's tournament. As usual, 13-year-old Karl is playing up into the 15-18 years division. This weekend sees 65 players contesting that division after quite a few players withdrew (probably due to the weather).
Winter is almost upon us and the weather this weekend is challenging the same players who, just 3 weeks ago, shot record low scores at a tournament at an adjacent course.
After the 1st round Karl sits in a tie for 4th with one of America's best juniors, 18-year-old Bryson Nimmer (who got into the final 64 of this year's US Junior Amatuer, only to be taken out by fellow Melbourne junior Zach Murray, a member of Golf Australia's Junior squad).
To check out the leaderboard, click here.
9th November: Win. Karl wins both the Freshman/Sophomore High School division and also the Overall High School division at the Sanhills Fall Championship conducted at Pinehurst's Foxfire Resort by the Tarheel Golf Tour.
On the 2nd round Karl also recorded a Hole-in-One, his 2nd in tournament play (the first one was at the 2009 Callaway Junior Worlds). You can view that Ace here.
The Tarheel Golf Tour's scoreboard also records the player's statistics during their round, so you see Karl's various stats by checking out his particular scorecard here, then just click on his name to see the detailed breakdown.
Here are the key numbers for this tournament;
Length: 6851 Yards
Course Slope: 131
Course rating: 73.1
Karl's scores: 71 & 74
Course: Foxfire Resort's "Grey Course", Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Tour: Tarheel Junior Golf Tour. Website here.
31st October: 5th Place. A weekend of golfer growth at North Carolina that money can't buy.
Karl had a genuinely "off" day in the 1st round of the ACC Southerstern Fall Classic played at NC State University's Lonnie Poole Golf Course with a mixed bag 79. Feeling despondent after that 1st round we went to the range so that Karl could get himself back on track before the following day's play at a different course 30 miles away at Duke University's own course. He hit a large bucket of balls and focused particularly on his tempo, then followed that with an extensive period on the Greens to try to adjust to Duke's infamously treachorous Greens that demand that approach shots be left under the hole.
It was lucky that Karl did get that practice in as his alarm failed to go off on Sunday morning , so with 30 minutes before his Tee time and a 15-minutes drive ahead to the course I awoke to Karl telling me that we had to get to the course ASAP. Karl managed to hit 5 balls on the range before a hasty Tee-off that resulted in a bogey on that starting hole. Instinct then kicked in and he rattled off 3 Birdies on the opening nine before adding another 2 on the back nine.
Karl's 2-over 74 was one of the lowest of the day on a day when scores were significantly higher than the 1st round's, resulting in him soaring up to 5th place in the 45-strong Freshman/Sophomore High School division.
Next tournament we'll set both of our alarms though.
Video highlights of the 2 rounds exlude the front nine of day 2 that saw 3 Birdies, but nevertheless we hope that it gives some indication of how Karl is striking the ball currently. That video is available here and the scores, complete with yardages, etc are here.
5th October: WIN. Karl breaks through for his maiden win (Tie actually) playing up in the Junior High School (typically 14-15 years of age) in the Tarheel Junior Golf Tour's Bridgestone Junior Championship at Grandover resort in North Carolina.
Here the important details;
Yardage: 6600 yards
Slope rating: 132
Slope rating: 71.9
Karl's scores: 73, 74
20th September: Is it possible for arch rivals to be friends in this, the most selfish of all sports? The players in this photo have accumulated 7 world titles since they were 6 years old yet are good friends off the course.
19th September: Karl's tournament schedule continues to be light one, with his next start coming on the weekend of the 27th. This is a good opportunity to discuss rankings, as it's quite a contentuous issue in junior golf after players reach 13 years of age.
Many parents are obsessed with their childs national ranking and fly their child all over the country at massive expense, turning golf at this age into a battle of the bank accounts. We can't even consider that, so Karl sits back in the rankings compared to some of those players whom he beats convincingly at the world championships.
Would I do that for Karl if I had the money? I can't tell you because I'm not in that situation, but if I were totally honest about it I guess that I would. However, there are a few things which I consider more important than Karl's national ranking at this point;
7th September: Karl had a "bad day at the office" in his 2nd round of the Golden Bear Junior Challenge last weekend with an 80, despite the boys having played from 6850 yards. We see it with tour players such as Rory where they shoot well one great round and then shoot a shocker the next round. It's good to see that Karl's got company with this anomaly, but at least he doesn't have those rounds during Major Championships. It's at this stage of the season that Karl works on swing modifications and it takes weeks and months for those changes to become "natural", so we weren't expecting too much from in this tournament.
The reason for playing Karl up was that his age group didn't have enough players (20 is required) for the AJGA to have been awarding a Performance Star to the winner. Additionally, it was a good opportunity to give him a run with the big boys and (at least on the 1st round) he showed that the extra yardage isn't an issue, being able to reach all the Par 4's with ease and barely being short on getting to the Par 5's on a slow course that provided very little run out on Drives.
Karl's medium term goal is to qualify next year for the US Junior Amateur, and now that he feels that the extra yardage won't be an issue, he's filled with confidence heading forward towards next year's Major goal.
Karl is spending this week with coach David Goolsby reinforcing those swing modifications and we'd expect to see a lot more consistency in coming tournaments.
6th September: Karl opens with a 2-over Par 74 in the 15-18 years division of the Golden Bear Junior Challenge played over 6850 yards at the Golden Bear Golf Clun here in Hilton Head to sit in 3rd place, just a shot behind the leaders.
The leaderboard is available here
This follows a good tournament last weekend where Karl played in the Junior High School division of the Tarheel Junior Golf Tour's Robert Trent Jones (Snr) Junior Championship at tplayed on the magnificent Carolina Trace GC in North Carolin where he came back from a week of having influenza and recorded rounds of 79 & 72 to finish 3rd there.
16th August: Karl turns 13 today!
15th August: Let's catch up with Karl's results from the past few weeks;
We've had a busy few weeks and for the first time in 5 years I was simply unable to keep up with things due to quite a lot of extraneous stuff that's been going on. We'll have some important news next week.
18th July: Win! Karl wins the Junior Worlds after making up a 3-shot overnight deficit and then making Birdie on the 1st Play-off hole. His round was bogey-free.
This is Karl's 4th World Title and he is 12 year's old. At 12-years of age Tiger had 2 world titles to his name and then won again at ages 13, 14 & 16.
The full scorecard is available by clicking here.
17th July: 7am. Karl will Tee off at 1.25pm today in an attempt to go 2 ahead of Tiger's world title record at the same age. He'll start 3-shots back on a course which can change a player's scorecard in the blink of an eye.
In the 2012 championship Karl started 3 shots back and won by 3. Whatever happens today however, the winner will be a worthy one. The Leaderboard is available by clicking here.
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15th July: Karl sits in 4th place at the Junior Worlds after opening his account with a 3-under 69. An uncharacteristically bad day from the Tee saw Karl playing from parts of the course we'd not previously experienced. However, his short game came through for him and he notched up 5 Birdies to offset the 2 Bogies for a reasonable score and to place him in the mix.
To see the full scores, click on the Leaderboard here.
10th July: The Callaway Junior Worlds start on Tuesday next week. The tee times have not been released as yet, but the leaderboard will be available at http://jwgc.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/jwgc14/event/jwgc141/contest/12/leaderboard.htm.
Last year Karl was unable to practice much there due to the costs Anybody able to assist towards the trip can use the PayPal button located above.
Karl's schedule for this summer is a light one which focuses entirely on the big 4 championships as follows;
* Karl's age division at the Callaway Junior Worlds is the 11-12's. This year he competes as a 12-year-old. Last year he competed at age 11 and finished 14th. Interestingly, in the previous 9-10 years division his 2 results were 13th at age 9 and 1st at age 10. The quality of the competitors is the absolute best, so Karl has been preparing accordingly.
25th June: Win. Karl wins one of junior golf's most prestigious and sought after titles, the 11-12 year division of the Future Masters at Dothan Alabama. This tournament has seen numerous Major winners and countless PGA Tour players compete for the title in its 65-year history, so it was rewarding to see his name added to the list with one of the lowest scores on record.
Karl had built up a 4-stroke lead with 5 holes to play but a deviation from his game plan cost him his only double bogey of the tournament on hole 14. Going into the 18th he held a 1-shot lead but again deviated from his game plan and found the face of a fairway bunker 131 yards out. The other players are the best for their age so Karl decided to take on the bunker lip instead of trying to salvage a Par. His draw 9-iron finished 3 feet from the Cup and lead to a Birdie and a 2-stroke win. I caught the shot on video from near the Green, whilst the TV crew caught the shot from behind Karl, so take a look via the links below for some great media coverage and also see how much better Karl is handling media interviews nowadays.
With this being such a big event there was a lot of media coverage and we'll endeavour to provide you with as many links as we can, so here a some of the news articles;
The Leaderboard for the tournament can be found here and the videos for each round as follows;
15th June: US Open report. What a great week up in Pinehurst for the 2014 and thanks to our friends for putting us up and finding us tickets to each day's practice and play- we couldn't have done it without you all.
On our way out of town this morning we bumped into Matin Kaymer who was kind enough to leave his coffee long enough to do a brief interview with fellow Taylormade player Karl. That video can be viewed here.
13th June: With a month before a series of tournaments which feature the Callaway Junior Worlds, The Optimist International and the US Kids Worlds, Karl's taking a break this week from play & practice and has been in Pinehurst watching the US Open.
Karl's only played one tournament at Pinehurst #2 back when he was 7-years-old (for the Win), but with the US Open on this week we're reflecting on a round he had there with friends in August 2012 after the recent renovations. That round can be viewed by simply clicking here.
Karl's back in action next week at a Drive, Chip & Putt qualifier, followed a few days later by the Future Masters in Alabama.
10th June: Win. Karl wins the Georgia Qualifier for the 2014 Optimists International conducted over 2 days at the Bridgemill Athletic Club in Georgia with rounds of 73 & 68.
Karl didn't have an opportunity of a practice round so played the first round without any knowledge of the hilly course and recorded a solid 1-over 73. On Day 2 he knew where his landing points off the Tee would be and proceeded to compile a top-notch 4-under 68.
The official scores are not publised as of writing, but we've uploaded the video of the 1st and 2nd rounds here.
31st May: Karl's "What's in the bag" video is now uploaded and can be viewed here.
On other news- well, there is none. Karl's not played any golf this week at all after having a bit of a niggle in his fingers in last weekend's final round. We'll see how it is on Monday.
26th May: Karl looking good at Orlando, Florida enroute to a 1-under 71 on 6250 Yards at Grand Cypress's "New" course.
20th May: Back-to-back 7-under 65's top off a remarkable weekend for Karl and a 7-shot win on the Tom Fazio designed Finley GC at UNC (University of North Carolina). What's more, he left quite a few out there due to entering unchartered territory for him.
18th May: New Personal Best. Karl shoots a 7-under 65 in the 1st Round of the University of North Carolina Tarheel Junior Championships. The university's course was designed by Tom Fazio and is, quite simply, an absolute delight.
Karl is a player who responds to a challenge and last weekend his good buddy Scott Roden shot a 65 in Texas. Karl made it clear before today's round that his goal was to go 1 better than his own PB and shoot a 65 as well, and that he did, with only 26 Putts. The scorecard can be found here. Round 2 is tomorrow with fellow world title contender and Akshay Bhatia hot on Karl's heels after a 68 of his own. Akshay attempted to qualify for the US Open last week and did everybody proud with his effort.
View the majority of Karl's round here.
13th May: Karl finishes the season atop of the IJGT 14 & Under Tour rankings. The rankings can be viewed here. He will receive 2 AJGA Performance Stars for the result and be competing in the IJGT Tournament of Champions in 2 weeks time down in Florida.
Steady golf is the best way of describing Karl's result. Moreover is his consistent scoring of late, with Karl going under Par in yet another tournament.
The Tarheel Junior Golf Tour in North Carolina is a breath of fresh air for junior golf. It's run by parents of successful junior golfers who figured out how both parents and players want a junior tournament run. Karl's age division has 2 of the top-10 12-year-olds in the world playing in almost every tournament, so a win here is a worthy result. If you live in this region, take a moment to check out their tour attheir website.
29th April: 2nd place. Karl finishes 2nd by just the 1 stroke in his first Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Event held at Traditions of Braselton Golf Club in Braselton, Georgia.
Karl's putting over the 2 days was simply outstanding, helping keep himself in the game. He had been having a few minor swing modifications worked on in the preceding days and hadn't quite gotten the concept, causing him to miss a large percentage of Greens in regulation. However, Karl's always taken comfort in not having any weakness in his game and his Putting stepped up to the plate to support the missed GIR tally, as did a few very good chips, one of which went in.
The co-leader and Karl got locked into a virtual Match Play situation going Birdie for Birdie on many holes, with his 3-under effort eventually pipping Karl by a single stroke. The 3 boys in the final group had a great experience together with all 3 playing top golf and enjoying each other's company.
Here are the formal details;
Date played: 26th, 27th April
Event: HJGT Canongate series 2 at Traditions of Braselton Golf Club
Age group: 11-14 years boys
Players in age group: 23
Total Field: 96
Yardage: 6100, Par: 72
Slope: 133, Course Rating: 71.8
Karl's Scores: 72 & 71
Scorecard link: Here
Result: 2nd place
21st April: After missing out on qualifying for the AJGA event in Georgia, Karl headed north to North Carolina and Duke University where he Tee'd it up in his 2nd Tarheel Junior Golf Tourevent.
For the first time after this year's coldest winter on record the players got to putt on pure Greens at Duke. The Champions Bermuda Greens allowed the players to get back to "Stroking" their Putts and the result was a return of Putting confidence.
The Duke layout was designed by Robert Trent Jones (Snr) and featured undulating Fairways and Greens which demanded local knowledge. Karl shot an Even Par round to sit in 3rd place in the Middle School (12-14 years) division but didn't get a chance to play catch-up after the 2nd day's play was abandonded following heavy overnight rain which rendered the 2nd day's course at the University of North Carolina's Finley Golf Course unplayable.
17th April: Karl played in his first ever AJGA Qualifier. This one was for the AJGA Junior All-Star event at Chateau Elan in Georgia. The AJGA Junior All-Star series is for the country's best 12-15 year juniors and is the focus of the next phase of Karl's junior golfing career. http://youtu.be/DqHdZyVxFTg
Only 9 players qualify to get into the event itself and Karl missed out by a stroke on having a chance to get in with a round of 77 played off 6600 yards.
In actual fact Karl does not need to qualify for these tournaments by virtue of him having acrued a lot of AJGA "Performance Stars" in other prestigious tournaments, but finances didn't permit us to get his entry fee in on time for that, meaning that he had to attempt to get in via the Qualifier. However, by finishing in the top 20% of the Qualifying field he was awarded an additional 2 Performance Stars.
Karl will need to get a supportive benefactor to come forward and ensure that he doesn't miss out on playing in these events in the future, so if you are interested in assisting, please let us know. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karl's play from Tee to Green was good but his putter wasn't cooperating this day. Full results for this qualifier are availble here.
13th April: Karl finishes 2nd by a stroke in the Bridgestone Junior Golf Championship run by the Tarheel Junior Golf Tour which was played at The Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The course was similar to last week's course at Chateau Elan in that numerous creeks and streams cut across fairways, making Karl use far less than Driver on many holes.
He played in the Middle School division which is primarily for boys aged 12-14 years with rounds of 71 & 72. Overall, Karl's play was strong but his short game was uncharacteristically "average" this weekend. By that, we mean that his proximity to the flag was outside of his normal range.
The field had the best juniors from the Carolinas region, so this was a great opportunity to see which areas of Karl's game need some extra attention. His driving and irons were great, but as mentioned, he'll be wishing that his short game had been a little better.
Full results are available here.
7th April: 3rd. Karl shoots 78 & 67 to finish 3rd in the 12-13 Years Boys division at the Junior Masters by PGA Superstrore conducted at Chateau Elan in Georgia.
On the way there we drove past Augusta National. We mistakingly drove into Magnolia Lane, only to have the security Guard chasing us to advise me of my complete lack of eyesite for not having seen the sign which read 'This entrance for Players & Members only". How embarrasing, but we'll look back in years to come and have a good chuckle about it.
So, back to this tournament. Followers of Karl would have noticed from his last tournament that he's developed a Bubba watson like front foot drag on his Drives, so our emphasis this past 2 weeks has been to correct that.
Saturday's round still had remnants of that front foot drag and a round of 78 was the result. However, on Sunday Karl made a concerted effort to get his weight transfer through and to thereby have that front foot remain quiet. The result- a tournament low across all age divisions of 67 and just 3 shots short of a win. All players struggled with the Greens which haven't recovered since coring due to the coldest weather on record, so plenty of putts from all players were missing the hole from relatively short distances. That condition applied to all competitors, so no competitior was disadvantaged more than any other. That's golf and we just have to deal with it the best we can.
Congratulations go out to the organisers for putting together a great event.