Perhaps this letter struck me because I happen to know two kids playing in the U.S Amateur this week, one my nephew, one the son of a friend who grew up playing at our club. Or perhaps it caught my attention because I thought Bill Fields did such an admirable job describing the involvement of parents (positive and not-so) at the U.S. Kids Golf World Junior Championship recently. Anyway, the letter is a heartfelt one and worth a read.
Very well said, Andrea. As someone involved in the U.S. Girls’ Junior preparation when it came to our club in 2003, I was very impressed with the kids, maybe more impressed with the parents. There were exceptions, of course, but for the most part the parents were exactly as you describe: quiet and steady supporters of their kids. They walked most rounds together with other parents, rooted for one another’s children, were there to cheer their children up when things went south, and, for the most part, were very low key in the way they approached things. Which proved, I thought at the time, that such an attitude and demeanor was exactly what it took to help a junior get to the level of a U.S. Junior Championship. Thanks for your letter.