The Top 10 Reasons Kids Should Play Golf
PGA of America Golf has a ton of reasons for kids to get involved... one of the best? It's fun!   
By Player Development Committee PGA of America
Series: Youth Golf
Published: Monday, July 27, 2015 | 11:54 a.m.

Junior Golf in the United States is exploding! Thanks in part to programs like PGA Junior League Golf, Drive, Chip and Putt and PGA Junior Golf Camps, more families and youth than ever are discovering why golf is the game of a lifetime. Now you can too!

Below is a list of the "Top 10 Reasons Kids Should Play Golf" as recommended by the Player Development Committee of the PGA of America - a group dedicated to introducing the game to people of all abilities and backgrounds.

1 Develop Life Long Benefits: Benefits of golf include making life-long friends and learning a game that can be played.
2 Spend Quality Time with Family: Golf can be an event around which all family members can gather for several hours. It is a great opportunity for parents to provide positive feedback and encouragement to children.
3 Spending Time Outdoors: Walking and being active in the outdoors allows for breathing in fresh air and establishes healthy exercise habits, far beyond indoor video games or television. 
4 Business Skills: In addition to etiquette and the ability to play comfortably with new acquaintances, golf teaches self-confidence, improves the ability to work with numbers, and applies problem solving skills that are critical in business. 
5 Anyone Can Play: Men, women, children, people from all over the globe and all walks of life come together on a golf course. The diversity found on a golf course opens young golfers to a broader view of the world and all people.
6 Self-Improvement: Golf challenges the player toward constant self-improvement. Players analyze what they did well and what has to change to improve. Players develop habits of self-improvement by self-analysis skills, seeking professional instruction, and accepting critiques from others. 
7 Etiquette and Values: Golf has a rich tradition of etiquette which lives on today. Playing golf teaches youth how to behave towards self and others, and imparts values such as truthfulness and strength during adversity.
8 Health: Golf is an active game and is less injury prone than contact sports. Conditioning for golf improves strength of core muscles that support the spine, improves flexibility, and allows participants the opportunity to be active and fit.
9 Controlling Emotions: In golf as in life, there are achievements and disappointments. Learning from mistakes and overcoming obstacles improves a player’s game, and teaches them to optimistically carry out the same pattern in day to day life.
10 Fun: Young people grow up too quickly in today’s busy, technological world. Gathering with friends to play golf gives young golfers the opportunity to spend enjoyable times in friendly competition or collegiate companionship.

How and when to get your child started in Golf

Where to start with Clubs
The Best Starter Golf Clubs for Kids, By Age

U.S. Kids Fitting Center

Get them in an introductory Golf program
There are lots of organizations of which to choose from. What's the right age to enlist your child in a golf instruction program?
As stated in the video above it really depends on the individual child.
There are some factors you need to consider before enrolling. Such as:
-Attention span. In general a child's attention span is very short during their early years. Swinging a club can be dangerous. So, make sure your child is able to take directions from an instructor without you present.
-Type of program

Health and Fittness

Why Playing Multiple Sports—Not Just One—Is Best for Kids

Countless benefits of playing multiple sports are being forgotten in the midst of the specialization craze.
By Rob Bell

In this day and age when trophies and scholarships dominate youth athletics, kids are being pushed to specialize in a single sport as early as their pre-teen years. Driven by the professionalization of youth sports, coaches and parents alike have turned their focus to making kids young experts in their sport of choice.

"It'll help prevent injury," some explain. Others caution that without specialization, kids will "fall behind" or be unable to "play at the next level."

But these claims are nothing more than myths that are often at odds with the well-being of our children. In reality, countless benefits of playing multiple sports are being forgotten in the midst of the specialization craze. For starters, improving fitness, motivation, confidence and creativity. But perhaps more importantly: playing for the sake of the game itself and in doing so, having some plain and simple, old-fashioned fun.

It's time to put the myths to bed. In reality, kids only stand to gain from playing multiple sports. Here's why:

1. Specializing actually leads to greater chance of injuries.
Instead of sharpening their overall athleticism in a well-rounded way, specialized athletes are repeating the same movements with the same sets of muscles every day of the week. This has led to a dramatic rise in the need for Tommy John surgery and reconstructive surgery of elbow ligaments—to cite just two examples.
2. Sports skills and athletic movements transfer.
Jumping for a basketball works the same muscles swimmers use to push off the starting blocks and develop a strong kick. A full 87 percent of 2015 NFL draft picks were multi-sport athletes, and the average number of multi-sport athletes in the NFL hovers around 70 percent. It's not surprising when you consider that quickness, running, jumping, agility, throwing and countless other moves are all transferable skills.
3. Multi-sport athletes learn to compete.
Each sport requires its own unique levels of focus and resiliency. Some games, like baseball, are more drawn out and require long-term attention punctuated with quick action. Other sports are all about pacing and endurance. The broader the exposure young athletes get to these different conditions, the better. Resiliency and focus, too, are transferable skills.
4. Multi-sport athletes have a greater sports I.Q.
They develop a feel for any game they are playing. Ever heard about football players taking ballet classes? This helps not just to transfer athletic movements, but also to enhance their appreciation for different types of movements. Thanks to cross-training, multi-sport athletes are overall more creative and less mechanical in their approach.
5. Burnout becomes less frequent in multi-sport athletes.
It doesn't take long for kids to fizzle from going to five must-do showcase events and traveling every weekend in the summer. Ultimately, they stop enjoying the process. The balance and variety that comes from playing multiple sports offers keeps young athletes alert, engaged and, literally, on their toes.
6. Multi-sport athletes are better teammates.
They've got lots of experience at it! They're used to interacting with a variety of teammates and coaches within different contexts. This is priceless training for athletics of all sorts and life.

Remember, too: grit, tenacity and the will to compete are traits that transfer across all sports. In applying the essential lessons from one sport to others, kids are better athletes overall. Cultivating these while building character is the true purpose of youth sports, which above all serves as a metaphor for life.

Rob Bell, Ph.D., is a sport psychology coach and owner of DRB & Associates, where he works with athletes, coaches and teams, including at Notre Dame University, on achieving peak performance. He is the author of "Don't 'Should' On Your Kids: Build Their Mental Toughness," co-authored with Bill Parisi.

Link to original article: http://www.parenting.com/child/health/why-playing-multiple-sports%E2%80%94not-just-one%E2%80%94-best-kids


Going to College?

Scholarship Opportunities

1)  Inaugural Tokyu Group Scholarship program in partnership with Aloha Section PGA Foundation
In proud partnership with Tokyu Group, the Aloha Section PGA Foundation is currently accepting applications for the inaugural Tokyu Group scholarship program. The program will recognize Hawaii’s top golf athletes that have excelled both athletically and academically throughout their junior golf careers. The Tokyu Group Scholarship is designed to award one-year educational scholarships. Applicants must be current high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited college or university in the 2018-2019 academic year. Special awards may be granted based on the availability of funds and discretion of the Aloha Section PGA Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Here is the link to the scholarship site:

2)  The LPGA Foundation presents multiple scholarship
opportunities for all female junior golfers who qualify
Our 2018 scholarships are now available for applications.
We would like as many young women to have the opportunity to receive our scholarships.
These are the three college scholarships that we offer:  
Marilynn Smith – 30 scholarships, $5,000 to those playing collegiate golf  
Dinah Shore – 1 scholarship, $5,000 to someone not playing in college  
Phyllis G. Meekins: 1 scholarship, $1,250 to a minority student who will be playing collegiate golf.  

Here is the link to the scholarship site:  www.girlsgolf.org/about/scholarships 

Hawaii State Golf Association