Signs of a bright future

This Wednesday and Thursday pretty much all of the cream of UK under 18 golfers will turn to Copt Heath and the McEvoy Trophy in Solihull, just outside Birmingham. In fact there is likely to be also a few European countries/teams/players (notice how I have learnt to separate GB&I and the rest of Europe….Can’t believe I just did that!) in the field as well as this tournament is quite prestiguous by now. By all right that is as it is ran in a very professional way. The trophy holds some pretty impressive names, many whom have gone on the do great things in the professional ranks. Most names of the past though remain pretty unknown as somewhere along the way they faded away from golf’s fame and glory, or perhaps they just made a choice to have a different career than the playing one.

In one way of looking at it there is nothing strange at all about this and nothing to be upset about. It is a tough world out there and the competition will mean that only the fittest will survive in true Darwinism fashion. On the other hand one would hope that this sends a signal to the many hopefuls in today’s field. In sports we have a tendency to find big fish in small ponds. Hence a winner of the McEvoy is considered to have a bright future ahead of him. Quiet possibly he could but a look at the statistics would perhaps give us a more balanced and sensible view of this. Not to mention the hopes and dreams of the player himself.

Of course the further up the age ladder we get it is more and more likely that results are a good indicator of future success. If we turn the other way it is not surprising that the opposite apply. At under 14 level it seems like it is better not to win than to win. That is if you want to be the next Martin Kaymer of course. And I have a feeling that is what many of these youngsters are looking for. Or at least the parents that take their children to the World under 9 Championships. To me it does not get any more crazy than that…

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