Casie Cathrea

Just Say'n

Casie Cathrea - Just Say'n

Part 1 – My unofficial visit..University of Texas..WOW

When I started writing this blog with the help of my parents it was mainly to learn to write. In the future I was sure that added with some interesting thoughts people would find some of what I say interesting. So as I try to write about my trip to the University of Texas I hope I write this in a way that lets the reader know how excited I am  that one of the top womens golf programs in the country let me see the what, where , why, when and how they get the job done.

Light the Tower at Texas...

The Tower Clock at Texas

After the Rolex Championship in 2010 at Hilton Head South Carolina my parents, coach’s and I put a short list of schools together to contact about me playing golf in college.  The purpose of our list was not only to let each school know I was interested in playing  but allow us to spend time looking  how each of the chosen programs built a team. At the time I thought  I might help a team win a national championship or at  the least compete at a higher level but I was going to college. I was not going to college to be a doctor or a lawyer my career choice I hope might be  to play golf for money. I knew I  wanted to raise the level of my golf game and college was the next stage for growth as a player and person . So we put a list  together that started at 5 schools and now is at 3. So here we go about visit  number 1 to the University of  Texas …..

Colt McCoy created his own history at Texas

First though…. Why at first did the University of  Texas make my short list…. What some people outside or even inside our group didn’t realize is that one of my all time favorite golfers who I met when I was 8 with his friend Scotty I  corresponded with since that first meeting 7 years ago.  Both my dad and I reached out often in that time for guidance in a very simple way. From Christmas cards and letters to phone conversations and even a putter (complete with putting advice)  he sent when I was 10,  Ben Crenshaw  is someone who I wanted to be like . Think of it this way Tiger had Jack on his wall,  I had Ben complete with an autographed Masters flag  and letter on mine .

With my Ben Crenshaw signed Masters Flag in 2003

I may not have wanted to win the Masters,  but I did want to play and act like Ben.  What some people forgot, or at least don’t speak of as much,  was that Ben Crenshaw from 1971-1973  while playing  University of Texas was a 3 time  NCAA individual Champion. That record of success at the NCAA level Tiger did not even equal let alone anyone else. That  remarkable record of 3 NCAA individual championships I looked at as personal goal and  not only for what  was done but where it was accomplished. Although not the only reason wanting my picture on the same wall as one of my favorite players  made me  at least  look at the University  Texas.  A respected coaching staff in place for at least 3  years,  a world class facility including one of the top Sports Science programs in the country were the last of the criteria used in making up our list of schools. So there is the why they made my list ……here soon to follow  is the reason they vaulted to the top ….. oh and next stop Oklahoma State….

Making a schedule for 2011… College is a yes …

This blog post is a colabertaive effort between my parents and myself so……

Starting in 2010 everybody helping me put my schedule together looked at where I played as a gauge for what needed to be working on rather then competing to win. As my length off the tee increased and my short game got better, so did a change in where I played as I looked at quality of play rather than quantity. I always really played the same few events each year as a way of gauging improvement,  and I went to events with specific things to work on depending on the venue.

Its clear we stumbled on something pretty special as we looked at other places to go play in 2009 and 2010. The NCGA, First Tee of Sacramento, and Future Champions Tour all did just amazing jobs in putting together the only real places to play junior golf in Northern California, and the San Diego area. They came to each event with the same quality of rules officials, same quality of play,  and most important a non political place to compete each time out. I can say from personal experience with the addition of the AJGA, the SHOCKINGLY AWESOME PGA Junior Championship these are places every  serious junior should play.

14 wins in 2010

My 2011 schedule will be put in place over the next few weeks with invitationals, exemption opportunities and chances of qualifying for specific events  put into the mix. My goal is to play on the 2012  Curtis Cup team and as a result I will concentrate on competing against women starting in the spring of 2011 rather the an extensive junior golf schedule. My entire schedule should be complete by the 21 of January 2011 and will include trips to places outside the USA.

More to follow on my schedule

Here is my last mention of the JGANC ever on these web pages …. new website same old story ……..

College …..yes I am going !!!!! I want to win a national championship with a great bunch of teammates….. Spring 2013 is my goal to start playing college golf.. And make no mistake  I will be ready to compete