Raise confident kids on and off the course

Youth activities range from sports to education to theatre…you name it and there’s probably an extra curricular for it. And, they all offer benefits to young, developing minds.

But, perhaps, none of them offer the range of benefits to your child better than junior golf programs. Junior golfers experience physical, psychological, emotional and social development that can help them succeed academically and, later, professionally. Let’s take a look at how something as simple as participating in junior golf programs can impact your child for life.

golf scoringEtiquette, Integrity and Respect
Two traits that seem to be lacking in today’s youth is respect and manners. The rules of golf teaches a child how have respect for themselves as well as adults and other peers. From simple things like turning off a cell phone to respecting other people’s time, golf instills a sense of consideration for others. Simple, respectful actions like repairing the ground, no running, profanity or yelling, and even cleaning golf shoes before entering the clubhouse will help develop a sense of respect and good manners that can extend to home and school.

Integrity is another desirable characteristic golf instills in its players. Since there are no coaches or referees overseeing players’ stokes, honesty is a key component in the game. Golfers learn to expect it of themselves as well as others. Junior golf instruction emphasizes that personal responsibility, honesty and integrity as just as important as correct posture and swing elements.

golf camp 11Social Engagement
This is not to be confused with social media. With so many of our youth walking around with noses inches from their cell phones, the art of physical, social engagement is becoming difficult. Junior golf develops positive, healthy relationships. Lifelong friendships can form from sharing rounds of golf together in a way unlike other activities.

Another area of concern with our youth today is how emotional conflict is handled. Golf has a unique ability to build confidence and positive self-esteem, but can also teach how to handle frustration, anger, disappointment and anxiety. Golf instruction, when done by professionals, can help sort out those confusing emotions and channel them into positive results. The result is the development of tenacity, perseverance and self-control.

Golf can also offer a family quality time together. Whether it’s the entire family, or one-on-one time between parent and child, golfing together provides time to build relationships while walking and talking.

june camp 12Safe Play Environment
It’s 2pm and you’re at work. Do you know where your child is? If your child is hanging out at a golf course, you can rest assured he/she is in a safe, supportive environment. The nature of the game and emphasis on personal responsibility does not lend itself to mischief or non-constructive activities born out of boredom. Responsible adults are usually present and more than willing to keep an eye on junior golfers.

Fitness
There are those who may doubt whether golf is actually a sport, but those people have never walked 18 holes with a 35 lb bag on their back. The process of walking, swinging, bending and lifting can be a rigorous workout. The average distance for 18 holes is about 5 miles. That’s a lot of calories burned. Since childhood obesity is becoming a concern in our culture, golf is the perfect answer that utilizes major and minor muscle groups to remain healthy….for life. And, it provides opportunities to get outside, breathe fresh air and interact with nature in a positive, healthy way.

june camp 34Along with the obvious physical fitness benefits, golf powers the brain through intense mental focus. Through golf, young players learn the art of strategy and concentration. They are taught how to pay attention to detail as well as how to look at the bigger picture. Increased self-discipline and a desire for self-improvement can result in sharper focus in other areas as well.

So, theres’ a few of the advantages of enrolling your child in junior golf programs. We hope you consider the benefits of golf when selecting those all-important extra curricular activities. It’s a lifetime sport that nurtures mind, body and spirit! Contact Leslie Fischer at lfischerlpga@gmail.com for more information on how to get your child involved in golf.

Success in this game depends less on strength of body
than strength of mind and character.
~
Arnold Palmer

A Stroke of Good Fortune

It is with excitement and pleasure I announce I’m now part of the Ponte Vedra golf community. Beginning February 1st, I became an Assistant Golf Professional and Director of Junior Golf Development for the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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It was a difficult decision to leave Windsor Parke Golf Club and all the wonderful people I came to know over the past six years. I take with me very special memories and will be forever grateful for the friendships I made there throughout my career.

I’m excited to begin this new adventure and be part of such a rich golf history. A Florida landmark since 1928, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has an atmosphere of excellence in the amenities and programs offered. I’m honored to be part of that heritage and look forward to growing the game of golf!

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First Tee Clinic Excitement

First Tee of North Florida had an exciting beginning to 2018, with women’s golf legend, Annika Sorenstam! The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and the ANNIKA Foundation hosted the 10th ANNIKA Invitational USA at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL on January 12-15. And, we were there! First Tee of North Florida hosted a junior clinic with more than 60 members at World Golf Village during the tournament. Check out the video!

The ANNIKA Invitational USA is always one of the AJGA’s premier all-girls invitationals. Annika brings her personal touch by interacting with the girls and being involved in the entire event. From the welcome dinner to the congratulations at the end, she provides young women a chance to aspire to be all they can be. I was both excited and honored to meet Annika and share her love of junior golf during the tournament and our clinic

 

Welcome to Lessons with Leslie!

lpga new logo-72As an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional, I want to help you improve all aspects of your golf game. There are always ways to work on your technique for putting, chipping, pitching and full-swing in order to improve your contact, direction, and distance control. And since golf is a game of not only ability, but confidence as well, I always try and improve your mental game as well.

Whether you’re interested in a series of instructional lessons or just a quick, one-hour refresher, Lessons with Leslie is the perfect way to improve your game and enjoy the lifelong sport of golf.