Thanks to a partnership between The First Tee and International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), 47 lucky junior golfers were selected to attend The First Tee Training Program at IJGA earlier this month in Hilton Head, S.C.
The teens received daily instruction on all aspects of the golf game from IJGA instructors, as well as attended mental training, fitness training and college placement sessions.
This year, Aaron Errico, a participant with The First Tee of Fort Worth, was a guest blogger during The First Tee Training Program at IJGA. Below he shares his thoughts on the event and what he took away from the coaches and instructors regarding his golf game.
By Aaron Errico
The IJGA Summer Camp was a great golf experience, and I was extremely honored to attend with support from The First Tee. It means a lot to me to represent The First Tee, and to do so at such a large venue with people from around the world means so much more. As always, all of the other participants from The First Tee were respectful and responsible.
I was intrigued by the IJGA because of the golf instruction and the overall golf preparation. To receive training from the teachers and the coaches that were invited was quite the honor.
My golf group included junior golfers from other chapters of The First Tee. We had a lot of fun and I feel that our group was a great representation of the organization.
We gave nicknames for each other so we could remember the names easily. We also had fun of the golf course, whether it was playing basketball or sand volleyball, or going to KFC and getting Go Cups.
I learned a lot from our coach, who was a college coach at a Division II school in Florida, and I have already seen improvements in my swing and game. I knew I had some flaws that were holding me back, and I was hoping to receive some pointers that would help me move forward in my game. I also wanted to get some advise for college, and I received both from the coach–now I feel much more confident with my game than before I attended the camp.
Overall, the camp was great and I feel that even though I was only there a week, I learned more than I could have on my own. I would recommend for anyone who is interested in college golf or striving for college golf to apply for the IJGA camp.
Read more about The First Tee Training Program at IJGA through this link to the IJGA Blog.