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Junior Golf: PGA Tour Winner On The Value Of Par 3 Courses And The Value Of Technology

 

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In today’s Wednesday Waggle we’re talking with 1996 Valero Texas Open champion, David Ogrin, about the incredible value that par 3 courses and state of the art technology bring to golf, separately, please.

Recently Linda and I sat down with David to learn more about his exciting new position as Director of Instruction for the Alamo City Golf Trail and the wonderful renovations just completed at The San Pedro Golf Academy, here in San Antonio. For you folks outside of Texas, including our international followers, please keep in mind that everything we talk about here, except for David, of course, may be available in your part of the world. If not, you may want to consider starting your own movement toward these ends.

Linda: “David please tell us about all the new things going on with you.”
David: “I’m The Director of Instruction for The Alamo City Golf Trail based at the San Pedro Golf Academy. I develop and build programs for ACGT. We have just completed a $4.5 million complete renovation and upgrade of the SPGA including state-of-the-art technology with a golf simulator, TrackMan, FlightScope, GCQuad and SAM PuttLab. We’ll be able to instruct golfers in the old ways and the new ways. And we have redesigned and rebuilt our 9-hole par 3 course into an excellent new layout.”

David continues: “During my interview I was asked, How are you going to develop new golfers? I answered, build strong junior programs and build strong ladies’ programs and you’ll get the Dads. At some point you may have the whole family picking up a club and taking a swing at the ball. Here we always have a variety of learning opportunities, group lessons, individual lessons, seminars, demo days and more. And SPGA has one great advantage over most other facilities, we also have a golf course. The difference is golf. Having a course means we can actually teach golf. There are shots of 100 or even 200 yards and some shots from 60 and 70 yards too.”

Photo below is from left to right: Ryan Bell, David Ogrin, Me and S3 prior to our recent 2-man best ball match at the well-lit, as in open until Midnight everyday, excellent Par-3 course at SPGA. Great fun!

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Linda: “David, who benefits the most from this amazing technology?” David: “The 12-year olds are in a good place to start with some tech. The younger kids, some, but not so much. FlightScope and TrackMan are Doeppler radar to track golf balls. Every player on the PGA, LPGA and most other professional tours consistently uses this technology. It’s essential in today’s game. For our parents, it’s a lot of fun to reserve some time on the simulator and play some legendary golf courses like Pebble Beach.”

So Mom and Dad, how does this help your junior golfer if you are not anywhere near San Antonio or even the U.S.? Several things come to mind. First, realize that golf tech is changing constantly and you should look into it to discover how it may help your kiddo. Second, Par 3 courses are extremely useful and fun and are severely underutilized and can be played in 2 hours or less. Find one in your area and play it! Third, come to San Antonio and spend a few days with David and his crew at SPGA. Junior lessons start at $50, adult lessons start at $75 and group lessons start at $20. For more information email David Ogrin at Ogrin@satxgolf.com. Families have always loved to visit San Antonio and great golf is one of the biggest reasons!

See you on #1 tee after you’ve spent some time with David. I’m still gonna beat you… Sam