As we get ready to celebrate our 20th anniversary, we thought we would take a look back in our database at the more than 4MM rounds we have posted since we began. What we found was pretty interesting.
First let's describe what we did.
We assumed that the courses were basically the same and then we took all the rounds in the system since 2002 and identified the number of rounds that were under par each year. This gave us a percentage of under par rounds or what might be called "Quality of Play" What we found was fairly dramatic for the girls.
The boys have gotten better but the girls have significantly. So what's the reason? Some might say girls have become more athletic, girls athletes from other sports have taken up golf, or the equipment is better. They could all be reasons. We will let others decide. What we do know is that there are more female junior players. That's a good sign.
So whatever the cause, competitive junior golf is improving is participation and scoring. That's great news and the trends benefit all including college programs.
Time to practice everyone !!Since 1998 we've been involved with the world of competitive junior golf, compiling information we felt was useful to parents, players and others interested in the sport. Through the past 20 years, we've seen the sport grow tremendously to over 2,300 events, nearly 60 junior golf tours, and tens of thousands of junior players worldwide. Through your e- mails and phone calls we have received hundreds of questions, comments and requests. Many of these, along with our opinions and our purpose of growing the sport, are the basis for News & Views. We hope you'll find it informative. Let us know.
Mac Thayer, Executive Director
Bringing in the New Year
We're always thinking
Well it's been a while since I wrote something, Way too long in fact. Somebody should get after the author. Oh that's
right.... that would be me !
We have been busy in 2017 and are looking forward to 2018.
First was our announcement of changes to the rankings that we announced at the beginning of the year. They were the subject of our last column and were very well received.
Second was the investment by Titleist to become the title sponsor of the Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings. Titleist has been a supporter of the Scoreboard for over 10 years. The Rankings have become the premier ranking methodology for players, families, and coaches. In addition more than 100 tournaments now use the Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings as one of their selection criteria.
Third was the introduction of Player Live Scoring last fall. Our newest product, it allows a parent or other followers of a junior player to keep a scorecard on their phone as the junior plays. Others "back home" can see the scorecard on their phone or computer. It's a great way for the "gallery" to keep up with the action for that player. Suitable for any phone, this web based tool is easy to use and for $25 a year can score an unlimited number of rounds and tournaments for a single player.
Finally is our growing connection to foreign junior events. Several countries in the western Pacific are now regular contributors to our tournament results section. We continue to get interest from South America and Europe as more golf organizations want to get their juniors exposure world-wide and especially here in the US.
So it was a great year in 2017. More to come in 2018. Stay tuned and give us ideas too.
Happy New Year everyone !