"The more I practice, the luckier I get".
As of 7th April, 2014;
Karl is a 12-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 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. Sometimes that involves doing what 12-year-olds get up to, but mosty it involves just having fun.
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 21 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;
Here is what we don't want 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014, age 12: 1st, US Kids "Copperhead Classic" (300+ 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)
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.
3rd April: We're heading off today for Braselton, Georgia. Although nearby Augusta nearby beckons, Karl has a tournment this weekend at Chateau Elan where Karl will compete in the 12-13 Boys division of the Junior Masters presented by PGA Superstore.
We'll be staying in $45 a night motel half an hour from the course, but it sure beats the heck out of having to sleep in the car.
22, 23 March: Back to business with the US Kids Jekyll Island Regional event in the state of Georgia.
Karl played solid golf against half of the top players he'll expect to fight for the World title in July. Karl shot in the red numbers both rounds with 71 & 71, but was outscored by an in-form Tyler Lipscomb.
The highlight of day 2 was Karl's wedge from 82 yards on the final hole. At that stage he was going to miss out on top 3 so needed a miracle. He slam-dunked the shot for an Eagle 2 which you can watch on this video and a 7-minute video of Day 2 can be viewed here.
Full scores and yardages are available here.
20th March: Karl spent 3 hours at Taylormade's east coast Tour player's fitting "Kingdom" at Renold's Plantation, just a stone's throw from Augusta national. Total fit, enjoying, educational, friendly staff, impressive facility which could be mistaken for heaven. Karl had an absolute ball and hopes to grow taller quicker so he gets t go back for his next refit. As susual we did take some video of the trip which you can view here.
4th March: Went fishing on the weekend and caught nothing. We need some local fishing tips from any Hilton Head angler please.
27th February: Karl's got the feet up and having a few weeks break from competition. He's still got homework every night after school though.
23rd February: Win. Karl notched up his 4th straight win with a 15-stroke margin in the IJGT Georgia Junior. It's rewarding to see the results of the good work that Karl and his coach Ross Prachar have been doing at the IJGA, as the field in the 14 & Under age group contained the 1st and 2nd placegetters from Karl's age division at last year's US Kids World championships.
The IJGT's tournament reports are available here.
Full scores are available by clicking here.
Photos courtesy of the IJGT are here.
So far we've got a temporary Post-Awards interview on video here but without all the fancy bits. The complete Awards and Post-Awards video will follow as they become available.
22nd February: The first round of the IJGT Georgia Junior was played at Sam Snead's Savannah Harbor Golf Course in perfect pre-Spring weather which was a welcome change to the freezing Winter conditions the players have encountered these past few months.Karl opened with an even Par round to led by 6 strokes ahead of the 2nd round.
To view the Leaderboard, click here
17th February: WIN. Karl notches up his 8th win of the season and the 7th on the IJGT Tour. Here is an extract from the IJGT's official post-tournament comments;
In the Boys 14 & Under Division, Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, took home his seventh IJGT Championship this season. Coming off a first place finish in the Carolina Classic at Colleton River Plantation, Vilips looked to keep his win streak alive. During round one at Turtle Point, he totaled 11 pars and one birdie to take the division lead firing a 5-over-par 77. Vilips had a three-stroke lead in the division after his first round and never looked back.
On day two, he started out strong making par at seven holes in a row to finish the front nine with a 2-over-par score of 38. On the back nine, Vilips started to struggle a bit more due to the wind picking up as five out of the nine holes were right on the Atlantic Ocean on the Ocean Course. Despite the conditions, he managed to keep it together finishing the day with a score of 81, which stretched his division lead to seven strokes and won him the Major Championship. Vilips’s numbers for the weekend were 77-81—158.
When asked about his mindset going into the final round with the lead, Vilips responded, “I didn’t want to completely blow it, so I played smart on holes with water because driver into the wind could go anywhere. I wanted to hit the greens and in safe areas.”
The full Scorecard can be viewed by clicking here.
A Photo Album can be viewed on Karl's Athlete Page on Facebook here.
The awards and post-awards interview can be viewed here.
15th February: Major Championship at Kiawah Island- 1st Round comments.
Karl's game plan was to focus on ball control in the wind and thereby ensure that bogie was his worst score, unlike other 1st rounds where he's had the occasional snowman.
The new approach worked and he goes into the final round with a 3-shot lead. The final round will be played on the infamously difficult Ocean Course with top notch players who will be doing the chasing of Karl down for a change.
14th February: Karl tackles Kiawah Island this weekend, host of the 2012 PGA Championship and Rory's 2nd Major win.
Yes, the 14 Years Boys will be playing from around 6200 yards instead of 7000 yards, but they still battle the same course, same rough, bunkers and Greens and in temperatures that this weekend will see the ball travelling significantly less.
Accompanying winds will making scoring a challenge and the winner having to have good flight and distance control.