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Junior Golf Blueprint with Chris Smeal

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If you're not familiar with Matt Walter and his podcast Junior Golf Blueprint it's always a great listen. This week he had Chris Smeal from Future Champions Golf on to discuss the tour and overall junior golf development.



If you have a chance to play in any FCG event I'd highly recommend it. They do a great job running their tour and Chris really does have the best interest of the junior golfer at the forefront of what he does.



https://anchor.fm/juniorgolfblueprint/episodes/Ep-61---Interview-with-Chris-Smeal--Future-Champions-Golf-e2r082



http://futurechampionsgolf.com/



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  • heavy_hitterheavy_hitter  3538WRX Points: 863Members Posts: 3,538
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    leezer99 wrote:

    TigerMom wrote:


    It looks like for teens in California mainly?




    Kids of all ages and they are expanding quickly. Events at Stanford, the PNW, Florida are all on the docket for 2019.




    They have had a difficult turn in the South East so far. I believe they had 4 events for 2018 on the schedule for Florida/Georgia and have canceled 3 of them so far because of lack of participation. Have one for this weekend at PGA National and it has a very limited field. Another scheduled for late January in Kissimmee which I see being canceled as they only have one participant at this point. It is going to be a long difficult road to break into Florida.
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    leezer99 wrote:


    leezer99 wrote:

    TigerMom wrote:


    It looks like for teens in California mainly?




    Kids of all ages and they are expanding quickly. Events at Stanford, the PNW, Florida are all on the docket for 2019.




    They have had a difficult turn in the South East so far. I believe they had 4 events for 2018 on the schedule for Florida/Georgia and have canceled 3 of them so far because of lack of participation. Have one for this weekend at PGA National and it has a very limited field. Another scheduled for late January in Kissimmee which I see being canceled as they only have one participant at this point. It is going to be a long difficult road to break into Florida.




    Not in the near future but I'd expect some consolidation of the private tours like HJGT and FCG. FCG is pretty bare bones and I'm sure it's difficult running a tour of their size. Chris might sell the operation to HJGT at some point and rake in some cash. Alternatively you might see an organization like AJGA create something like an AJGA Junior Tour which feeds into the main tour and steal a bunch of market share from the others.




    To me why bother with HJGT or FCG when there are plenty of options with local pga chapters. Heck with state Golf associations they have done a great job of junior tournaments for a lot less money. I know some areas don’t have options but in a lot areas there are too many tours chasing too few participants.



    HGJT is expensive I rather travel and do a TGJT in Texas or FJT in Florida or any other number of options like that. All of them way cheaper then HGJT or FCG or even a IMG tournament.



    The only times HGJT or FCG makes sense is if it close and seems like it will have competition and maybe will help with ranking. But it has to be close I wouldn’t travel for them very far.



    With the new PGA headquarters in Frisco one the goals the city did was place an emphasis on junior tournaments at that facility so it seems that pga chapters will only grow their tournaments to feed into those tournaments. I would expect to see even less private tours if this is indeed the focus of the PGA.
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    Started listening to a few of these this week. Really good content on the few I have listened to - reminders on your role as a parent and also great insight on what to look for in a coach. Great interviews with coaches/instructors. I listened to this one this morning with Dr. Rob Bell on mental toughness. Some fantastic reminders to CHILL OUT for several of us heading to USKG worlds next week! Highly recommend.
    https://anchor.fm/juniorgolfblueprint/episodes/Ep52---Interview-with-Dr--Rob-Bell-e2e8lq

    Any other good podcasts or other good resources that anyone would recommend?

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    On -, @tiger1873 said:

    With the new PGA headquarters in Frisco one the goals the city did was place an emphasis on junior tournaments at that facility so it seems that pga chapters will only grow their tournaments to feed into those tournaments.

    Where are you reading this?

    I'm right around the corner...and I've heard nothing about this.

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    On -, @hangontight said:

    Any other good podcasts or other good resources that anyone would recommend?

    Tour Coach with Tony Ruggiero aka The Dewsweeper on Instagram.

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    On -, @jj9000 said:

    On -, @tiger1873 said:

    With the new PGA headquarters in Frisco one the goals the city did was place an emphasis on junior tournaments at that facility so it seems that pga chapters will only grow their tournaments to feed into those tournaments.

    Where are you reading this?

    I'm right around the corner...and I've heard nothing about this.

    Frisco ISD and the City of frisco helped with funding and at the time had press releases at the time about it. I believe those courses will be practice facilities for the high school. Similar to the county’s Dallas cowboys indoor stadium they built for football.

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    Just a plug for Matt Walter and the Junior Golf Blueprint - my son has been working with him for the last year and he is a phenomenal teacher. Has a great young stable of players here in the Nashville Tennessee area. Puts out a lot of great content and is really focused on growing the game!

    On -, @leezer99 said:

    If you're not familiar with Matt Walter and his podcast Junior Golf Blueprint it's always a great listen. This week he had Chris Smeal from Future Champions Golf on to discuss the tour and overall junior golf development.

    If you have a chance to play in any FCG event I'd highly recommend it. They do a great job running their tour and Chris really does have the best interest of the junior golfer at the forefront of what he does.

    https://anchor.fm/juniorgolfblueprint/episodes/Ep-61---Interview-with-Chris-Smeal--Future-Champions-Golf-e2r082

    http://futurechampionsgolf.com/

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    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-junior-golf-podcast/id1315369096?i=1000394982616

    A good one with Chris Finn at Par4success about junior golf fitness.
    May of been shared already, missed if so.

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    Hey All - I've had a chance to listen to a bunch of these podcasts and would highly recommend The Road to Hoylake series. Ben has a bunch of episodes on there with a bunch of US AM players (many of which are still college kids) that I found very interesting. If you spend a lot of time in your car like I do then these are perfect for your commute.

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