You might think to yourself, what are those LJT guys and gals doing when they’re not at tournaments setting up the golf course and pushing us to play faster? Well early in the year, after the schedule has been released with all the new sites for the upcoming season, we work on setting up times to meet with clubs on the tournament they have graciously decided to host.
Recently Kellen and I embarked on a two-day journey that started with a drive down I-35 and a needed a stop in West, Texas, for kolaches. Because we have three new courses on our schedule for the first part of 2017, we needed to visit with each club. We stopped in Waco at Ridgewood Country Club, then went down to Spicewood, near Austin, to Lakecliff Golf Club, and ended our trip with a meeting at Briggs Ranch in San Antonio.
The Collegiate Preview returns to Ridgewood Country Club after two years away, while the Jimmy Demaret Junior Classic is going to Lakecliff Golf Club for the first time and the renewed Alamo Shootout comes back at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.
Ridgewood CC is hosting the Collegiate Preview, which is a slightly different format than any other event on our schedule (36 holes the first day, 18 the second day). Ridgewood CC hosted the inaugural event in 2014 so the staff was familiar with the event.
After we finished in Waco, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and were off to the Austin area to check out Lakecliff Golf Club. Because this is the LJTs first event at Lakecliff, we were a little more in depth with the club about our event and what we expected.
We headed down to San Antonio following Lakecliff and wrapped up our meetings the following morning at Briggs Ranch. As with Lakecliff, this will be Briggs Ranch’s first time to host as well, so just about everything about the event was discussed. Once we finished at Briggs Ranch, we loaded up and ventured back toward Dallas to return home.
At these site visit meetings, we typically meet with the head golf professional, superintendent, and a food and beverage staff member. We discuss the schedule of events, starting times and tees, spectator carts, scoreboard needs, tournament office availability, food and beverage availability, and everything in between.
Once the meeting has finished and we have answered any and all questions the club staff my have, we go out on the golf course and choose yardages based on a variety of different information, get an idea for hole locations, and take a few course pictures. Occasionally we get to play golf while on the visit.
These meetings with the club are a huge help in us being prepared for each event, since every course isn’t the same layout. Golf offers a great variety of different venues and the Legends Junior Tour enjoys taking on different challenges that courses offer for the staff and players. It also allows the courses to know what to expect when the Legends Junior Tour comes to town.
As for my favorite five list, I thought it would be fitting in go through my top five favorite road trip songs. Since we just got back from a road trip and another one is coming when we head down to Corpus Christi, Texas for the James A. Ragan Memorial.
Kevin’s Favorite Five Road Trip Songs:
- “Africa” by Toto
4. “My Texas” by Josh Abbott Band
3. “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley
2. “The Road Goes On Forever” by Robert Earl Keen
1. “Any Way You Want It” by Journey
With all the traveling we do on the Legends Junior Tour, whether that be staff, volunteers and players, I’m sure there’s a top five in songs for all of us. If not a top 100.
I’ll see you down the road,