"The more I practice, the luckier I get".
As of December 11th, 2013;
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 playing other sports.
We don't know yet if Karl can continue to reach his potential, but as long as Karl continues to love it all, we'll keep trying to let him realize whatever his potential is. The hard work has already started paying off for Karl as he's now on scholarship at the prestigious International Junior Golf Academy located in Hilton Head.
Feel free to email us with any comments, questions or words of encouragement for Karl to him at email@example.com.
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)
11th December: The latest IJGT player rankings have Karl still sharing the top of the 14 Years & Under rankings alongside Pennsylvanian Joe Parrini with Japan's Takafumi Shimoji in hot pursuit. Click here to view those latest rankings.
3rd December: The Awards Ceremony from the TPC Sawgrass tournament is now uploaded. Click here to view it.
Karl's next tournament is in 2 week's time at another PGA Tour stop and Pete Dye masterpiece in Harbour Town at Hilton Head Island, just a few minutes from Karl's training facility at the IJGA.
2nd December: Lucky Karl. So far this season on the IJGT (International Junior Golf Tour) Karl's either already played on or is about to play on the following courses with their Golf Digest "Americas Greatest Public Courses" rankings alongside;
In the past couple of seasons he's also played on the following;
Add to that having played the following courses on Golf Digest's Top 100 Courses Outside the US;
Karl appreciates that he's fortunate to get to play on these courses.
1st December: WIN.
Despite breaking his Driver before the tournament, Karl wins the 14 & Under Division of the IJGT's Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass which was highlighted by a lip-out for Ace on the signature 17th Island Hole.
In his acceptance speech Karl said “I felt confident, but I didn’t want to get arrogant because I knew some of the players had the ability to catch up… I just wanted to shoot a score that would at least have a chance to win.”
Interestingly, the Girls winner Rei Nakatani used to play with Karl in Jack Newton Junior Golf tournaments in Sydney. Hats off to what Jack Newton has done for junior golf back in Australia.
The full post-tournament report can be viewed here.
30th November: Karl heads into the 3rd and Final Round of the IJGT's Thanksgiving Day Classic at TPC Sawgrass with a 1-shot lead in the 14 & Under Boys. Strong winds and cold weather have made scoring difficult, but it's all about getting the win.
29th November: Karl appears in the December issue of Golf Australia magazine. The link is here.
20th November: Karl's dream to play at TPC Sawgrass is about to come true. He's now in the field for the IJGT's Thanksgiving Day Classic. The tournament actually comprises of 3 rounds over the 3 days of the Thanksgiving Day Weekend, with Days 1 & 2 played on the Valley Course and the Final Day on Pete Dye's iconic Stadium Course.
Karl's age divison of 14 & Under will play from the Men's White Tees, whereas the 15-19's will play from the Tips.
To all those who keep asking, we're sorry for the lack of tournament video lately as I'm currently back in Melbourne for a little while. Karl's in great hands at the IJGA, just like the other 150-odd golf and tennis juniors who live & study there.
19th November: Karl's finger's are crossed that he can get a late entry into the field of the IJGT event at TPC Sawgrass to be held over the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday weekend and playing both the courses. It's such an iconic course that he's dreamed of playing on and of following in the footsteps of so many of the game's modern greats.
Karl was this week's IJGA Student Spotlight. To view the article, click here.
13th November: Video of the Awards Ceremony from Karl's win on the weekend can be viewed here.
Karl will now be having 3 weeks off before (hopefully) playing in the IJGT event at TPC Sawgrass at month's end.
10th November: WIN. Karl wins in succesive weeks, this time at the IJGT's Major Championship at Palmetto Hall, a George Fazio design located on Hilton Head Island.
A disciplined 1st round conducted in gusty winds saw Karl head into the 2nd round with a healthy 4-shot lead. However, a distatrous 5th hole where his wayward drive refused to come down from a tree brought Japanese prodigy Takafumi back into the game. The 2 players eventually went to a Play-off which Karl prevailed in after a flop shop from beside a tree left him with a 2 inch tap-in for Par and the title. The 2 boys are so evenly matched that each week sees them with a battle on their hands.
3rd November: WIN. Karl wins the IJGT Island Open on the Arthur Hills course at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club on Hilton Head Island by 8 strokes.
A windy autumn day on a course which, with its narrow fairways and abundant water hazards is designed to be played in typically calm conditions, saw scores throughout the field blow-out from the first day's scores. Karl's front 9 was a struggle and he went out in 42, but he dug deep on the inward 9 with 8 pars and a lone double to finish the day 8-over and win his 3rd IJGT title amongst strong competition.
Karl would like to thank his coach Shawn at the IJGA on the work they've been doing lately and also Molly from the IJGT for running another smooth tournament.
Next weekend sees an IJGT Major Championship played at the George Fazio designed Palmetto Dunes course at Hilton Head Island where Karl will be in action again ahead of a 3-week break.
2nd November: Karl opens with a 1st Round 73 at the IJGT Island Open on the Arthur Hills course at Palmetto Hall Plantation on Hilton Head Island to lead the 14 & Under division by 5 shots. Leaderboard and yardages here.
28th October: Monday marks the start of the new school week and Karl finally has a Laptop that will work properly, but better still, it's just 5 days until the next IJGT tournament.
Karl and his coach Shawn will continue working hard on reinforcing the good work that they've been doing together lately that has seen Karl shoot in the 70's in his past 5 rounds. Considering that the IJGT plays on PGA Tour quality courses, that's no mean feat right there.
This season's IJGT scores can be found right here.
20th October: Final Result- 2nd place at the IJGT Georgia Open. Karl went down by a stroke to Japan's Takafumi Shimoji in a final round that saw the lead change hands many times.
There are many junior tours available for juniors to compete in, but it's critical for any junior who wants to be the best to be abe to compete against the best if they are to get better. As the immortal Bobby Jones once famously said, "I never learned anything from a match that I won". Wise words.
Karl is fortunate to both study with, train with and compete against elite junior golfers, so every few weeks he gets to measure where his own game is at with some degree of accuracy in these IJGT tournaments. This weekend reminded Karl that the 2 areas of his game that he's working on with Coach Shawn are a work in progress, as he missed quite a few short Putts on the final round and mis-managed a few critical holes that Greg Norman had designed to be played with sound course management in mind rather than straight out attack. His coach had already identified these as areas that Karl needs to improve, but that's just what these tournaments serve to identlify.
One such hole, the short Par 4 11th is just such a hole. Although only 314 Yards in length, Karl took a Double and his rival a Birdie on that hole for a 3-shot swing. Although Karl fought back with a remarkable 3 straight Birdies on holes 13, 14 & 15, Bogeys on 16 & 18 let his rival slip in the open door on the last for a 1-shot victory.
OK then, what were the upsides? Firstly, that Karl fought back each time he had a bad hole, but more importantly (and most pleasing to everyone) was Karl's composure. As mentioned previously on this blog, a high proportion of Tour players got very angry as juniors and Karl is no exception. With help from the Mental Coaches at the IJGA Karl is learning how to better compose himself after a less-than-desirable outcome. In the long term this will reap huge dividends for Karl. The missed short Putts and poor course managment can be sorted out, but it's difficult to move forward without the right state of mind, and that appears to be Karl's biggest area of improvement, so thanks go to Coach Shawn and Mental Coach Matt for seeing Karl making major improvements in those areas which will help in in the long run.
Karl will be back in action in 2 weeks.
This photo is of Karl in action in the 1st Round and is courtesy of the IJGT.
There are heaps of Karl's videos available to view at his YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/KarlGolf