US Junior Amateur Golf Championship Tests Junior Golfers Mental Performance
What do Jordan Spieth, Brian Harman and Tiger Woods all have in common?
They all have a U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Championship under their belt.
Numerous participants in this competition have gone on to have professional careers. Established in 1948, this tournament gives a chance for amateur boys under the age of 19 to showcase their golfing abilities.
The tournament consists of two days of stroke play, with the leading 64 competitors playing a match play competition to determine the winner.
Make no mistake, this tournament is highly competitive, and whoever is crowned the champion will have bragging rights for life.
Just ask Cameron Sisk or Robin Tiger Williams, the top-ranked junior golfer in Europe. Williams finished tied for 18th in stroke play (eliminated in match play round of 32) at this year’s tournament. Competing with the world’s best amateur golfers has allowed Robin to measure his skill against tough competition. The junior golfer was put in difficult situations throughout the tournament, but his level head allowed him to shoot his best without any distraction.
The field at this year’s tournament included many talented golfers from across the world that were forced to improve their game if they wanted a shot at winning. Time and time again, these amateur golfers have defied their age and managed to keep calm under pressure. These junior golfers are well aware that if they want to be successful in this sport, they must improve all aspects of their mental game as well as their self-awareness.
Junior golfers like Cameron and Robin are training in adverse conditions to ensure there are no surprises when competing in tournaments like the Junior Amateur Golf Championship. While there are various ways of achieving the desired adverse conditions, each method achieves it goal by forcing golfers to adapt and learn how to let their minds focus on and trust the process of their golf games, rather than focusing on the results.
Focusing on the process rather than results is a tall enough order in and of itself, but when the record book contains names like Tiger and Spieth, it takes on a whole new level, requiring junior golfers to treat this event as a Major.
It should be no coincidence, then, that so many of the junior golfers that have played the US Junior Amateur Golf Championship have Major hardware on their shelves today.