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Golf and Team Building

One of the things I’ve discovered through the years, is the ability of Golf to bring a team together.  A shared experience for your team, being out of the work environment and out on the range, and being able to learn something new together all add up to a great team building experience.

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Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting the Professional Women of Insurance group — and some of their male friends!

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They scheduled a late afternoon session and I had Redford to help me work with the 25 members of their group.  Large groups like this work perfectly when we have a teaching rotation and practice tees available to accommodate a large group.

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Some people took the lessons very seriously, others just came to have fun and spend time with each other.

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We took the group through individualized practice swings and gave them instant swing analysis.  The group also took time on the PlaneSwing to reinforce the swing analysis.  Each member were also sent a copy of their swing analysis by email.

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Next time you need a fun original idea for a team building exercise, consider golf!

Contact me at brian@brianbobbitt.com or call me to discuss your event: 858-232-5516.

(Special thanks to Antonio Romero for the photos.)

Callaway Junior World

One of the best Junior Golf Tournaments in the world is being held on various courses throughout the county.  In 1968, The Junior World was first introduced by San Diego Junior Golf Association as a means for young players throughout the world to come together to play golf and share in a cultural exchange. This prestigious tournament has a rich history. Check out a list of past winners here.

The following is taken from the 1968 Junior World Program:

  • The idea behind the Junior World Golf Championships is simply “YOUTH.” The San Diego County Junior Golf Association is founded on the principle of serving young people, in the hope that by doing so today’s youth will have a better chance of creating the world we all want. The Junior World tournament is an international extension of that principle. We believe that by bringing together young people from all parts of the world and all parts of our nation, we are helping to bring about greater understanding among people of differing cultures and values.

Now, with sponsor Callaway, the Junior World continues to bring together golfers from throughout the world to San Diego.

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(Photo by Raymond Photography)

From July 15th to July 18th, the following courses will be host to Junior Golfers from ages 7 to 17:

  • Torrey Pines Golf Course – South Course
  • Colina Park Golf Course
  • The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo
  • Lomas Santa Fe Exec Golf Course
  • Morgan Run Resort and Club – North/South
  • Oaks North Golf Club – North-East Course
  • Ranch Bernardo Inn
  • Sycuan Resort – Oak Glen
  • Sycuan Resort – Pine Glen
  • Torrey Pines Golf Course – North Coarse
  • Welk Resort San Diego Fountains Executive Course

You can follow the tournament in real time here.

This is a special event, and as an instructor who has several players golfing this week, I hope to see you out on the courses.

Good luck!

Brian Bobbitt

Junior Camps for Summer 2014

I’ve had great success in mentoring and instructing Junior Golfers during my teaching career.  It is one of the most enriching experiences seeing young golfers find an appreciation for the game and give them life lessons they can take off the course.

It is a well known fact that individuals who receive quality instruction in a sport at a young age have a significant advantage in perfecting their skills. My sport, Golf, teaches life skills of honesty, integrity, self-control, character, and discipline – all valuable traits to be cultivated in young individuals. My thirty years of playing professional golf and teaching the game has equipped me to develop golf skills not only in young people, but also in individuals of all ages.

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This summer, I will hold two Junior Camps — the first one runs from June 23rd through June 27th; the second one will be from August 4th through August 7th.  The sessions are from Monday through Friday and starts at 9:30am to noon.  All sessions will be at Sorrento Canyon Golf Center (5605 Carroll Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92121). Each of the week-long sessions are $300 per student.

These sessions cover all aspects of the game at every level: Putting, chipping, pitching, bunkers, full swings with video analysis and are open to Junior Golfers ages 5-17.

Assisting with these camps will be Redford Bobbitt, SDJGA 2013 Player of the Year and currently playing NCAA Division I golf for UNLV

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Camps includes: PGA Instruction, Balls, Clubs, Video Analysis, Use of 18 hole Putting Course. This is a great opportunity for your kids to get mentored by a PGA Golf Pro and a former SDJGA Player of the Year.

If you would like to book a camp session for your Junior Golfer, please click HERE.  You can also email me at brian@brianbobbitt.com or call 858-232-5516 with any questions.

Redford in the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters

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In what is possibly the best field in Collegiate Golf — with seven of the top ten schools and all of the top five playing this weekend, The Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters is one of the highlights of the Division 1 Golf season.

My son, and 2013 San Diego County Juniors Player of the Year, Redford Bobbitt is golfing for UNLV in the tournament. The Runnin’ Rebels, enter the tournament ranked 33rd in the nation.

The favorites are the Alabama Crimson Tide, ranked #1 and led by #1 Player in the Country Trey Mullinax.  Returning SHC Champions Cal Bears are also in the field and ranked #4 in the country.

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It is a tough field, and Redford, as a Freshman is honored just to be in such illustrious company.  We’re here in Las Vegas supporting him this weekend!  Wish us luck.

You can follow the tournament at Golfstat.com  and UNLVRebels.com.

The tournament will conclude Sunday with 18 holes starting at 8 a.m. Live scoring of the tournament is available on the internet courtesy of Golfstat through a link at UNLVRebels.com.

Brian on TakeLessons

I am proud to announce that I am one of the first sports instructors on TakeLessons.com, and the FIRST GOLF INSTRUCTOR!

I was approached last week to gauge my interest in being among their first sports instructors on this very popular website. After speaking with them, I thought it was a great way to reach more students, especially in the Junior Golf lessons — since Take Lessons has about 80% under 18 students using their site.

This year, I am focusing on Junior Golfers during their Spring Break and Summer Holidays.  As you may know, I have a proven track record in sending Juniors off to the Callaway Junior Worlds — averaging ten players a year.  Also, as the life long instructor for my son, Redford, I see how mentoring kids on not only golf, but also nutrition and proper exercise has an impact on their entire game.  I am proud to say that Redford was not only the 2013 San Diego County Junior Golf Associations Player of the Year, but he is also continuing his golf at UNLV.

If you are interested in golf lessons for your kids, or have friends or family who may be interested, please send them my way.

 

Redford Bobbitt’s Speech at the SDJGA Awards Banquet

As you may have read from an earlier post, my son, Redford Bobbitt was named the San Diego County Junior Golf Associations’ 2013 Player of the Year.

As a parent, first and foremost, and as an instructor, I couldn’t be more proud of my son for this major accomplishment.

Here is a one minute introduction of Redford: Introduction of Redford

Redford made a great speech, here: Redford’s Speech

I am so proud of him and this major milestone in his career.

Brian

PGA Championship, Preview of the Last Major of the Year

Thursday marks the first day of this years’ final major.

Glory’s last shot, the PGA Championship.

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The event will be held at historic Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. Oak Hill is a par 70 and will be played at 7,163 yards. The PGA Championship was last played at Oak Hill in 2003 when unheralded Shaun Micheel took the Wanamaker Trophy.

This will be the 95th edition of the PGA Championship and should provide plenty of drama. What makes the PGA Championship unique is that the field includes 20 certified PGA teaching pros, as the top 20 from the PGA Professional National Championship book their ticket to the PGA Championship. This allows the hard working instructors to show the world their game.

Here are the criteria to qualify (since 2010 – from wiki):

– All former PGA Champions.
– Winners of the last five U.S. Opens.
– Winners of the last five Masters.
– Winners of the last five Open Championships.
– The last Senior PGA Champion.
– The low 15 scorers and ties in the previous PGA Championship.
– The 20 low scorers in the last PGA Professional National Championship.
– The 70 leaders in official money standings on the PGA Tour (starting one week prior to the previous year’s PGA Championship and ending two weeks prior to the current year’s PGA Championship).
– Members of the most recent United States and European Ryder Cup Teams, provided they are in the top 100 of the Official – World Golf Ranking as of one week before the start of the tournament.
– Winners of tournaments co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour since the previous PGA Championship (does not include pro-am and team competitions, but does include alternate events).
– The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above.

The total field is a maximum of 156 players. Vacancies are filled by the first available player from the list of alternates (those below 70th place in official money standings).

The heavy favorite is red hot Tiger Woods, who won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational by a 7-stroke margin. Tiger will be seeking his 15th major, first of the season and the first since the US Open at Torrey Pines in the 2008 classic.

TNT and CBS Sports will be combining to air the tournament from Thursday’s opening round to the Sunday Finale. Go set your DVRs and reminders now.

Redford’s Recent Run of Success!

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On June 11th my student (and son) Redford Bobbitt qualified for the 114th SCGA Am. He shot a -1 71 at Pala Mesa and won a 5 person playoff for 2 spots. With a 20ft birdie putt on the first hole he is in and will compete with some of the best amateurs in the State at San Diego Country Club in July. Past winners include Charlie Wi and world No. 1 Tiger Woods!

Later in the week he shot 69-73 for a 2 under 142 at River Walk Golf Club in a SDJGA junior world qualifier. He hit 86.11% of the greens on the weekend. On Tuesday, Redford began another event, AJGA Under Armour/ Vicky Hurst Championship. He shot a tournament career low 65 in round 1 then followed up with a 69 and 72 to finish an impressive -10. He wound up placing T3!

The key to the recent run of success for Redford was his tempo. Right before his great stretch of golf he had a very quick swing tempo. So, he came for a lesson before his play and we slowed it down and it greatly helped his timing and ball striking.