David Emerick Golf Life Feature
David Emerick Golf Life Feature

♪♪♪♪>>Well, I’m a local Oceanside
guy, right? So I’m kind of a local guy who’s the head
pro, host pro, at his own course, you know? So, I mean, it’s unbelievable. It’s unreal. Yeah, I live on the 18th fairway and I wake
up and I open the shutters, and I look at the course and the sunrise and I go to sleep
and I’m right there at the course all day long. Even when I go home from work, I’ll come out
and play night golf. So, I mean, you know, it’s golf 24/7. Nice shot! You are a showoff. Look at you. It’s a dream come true. It’s, you know, one of those things that I’ve
always dreamed about is being a pro at a local course and being part of the community and
being able to have a house right across the street, where I actually take a cart to work
every day. It’s a dream, and I pinch myself daily that
this is reality, and I hope it never ends. Show me where your bounce is of the club.>>The balance?>>Yeah. Show me the bounce.>>Oh, bounce.>>What’s the bounce? Well, I’ve been teaching now for over 30 years. It kind of all started — My junior-golf teaching
started when my son was born, Evan Emerick, in 1990. So, when he was 8 years old — Well, he started
playing when he was younger. When he was 8 years old, he wanted to play
in some tournaments, and they wouldn’t let him play the local tournament, so I started
North County Junior Golf, and that’s really when my junior-golf teaching took off and
I saw the value of teaching kids. I’m kind of like a kid myself. They keep me young. I enjoy their positive energy. Well, you know, if a kid comes to me and says,
“Hey, I want to play at Stanford,” I’m not going to discourage them. I say, “You can do that, but this is what
you’re going to have to do. You’re going to have to work hard. You’re going to have to put this many hours
in. You’re going to have do — You know, get good
grades.” I mean, the grades are always important. And I never discourage a kid from trying to
reach their goal or their dream, and we’re here to provide those opportunities for those
kids, and the parents can buy in to the whole situation, too, and not get so worried about
the results. I mean, the kid will have one bad day, and
the parents are like, “You need a new coach. You need more lessons. You need more this.” It’s just part of the game, the ups and downs. I started North County Junior Golf in 1998,
in Rancho Carlsbad, just a little course. We had about 12 members, 12 kids play the
first tournament. It was more for my son and his friends that
we just started this, and I had been good friends with John since 1980. And I’d met with John and I said, “Hey, John,
you know, I started North County Junior Golf.” He goes, “No, you didn’t.” I go, “Yeah, I did.” He goes, “No, you didn’t. You didn’t start North County Junior Golf. It started in 1965.” He says, “I used to play North County Junior
Golf.” So I’m like, “Oh, okay. Great. I guess I didn’t start North County Junior
Golf, but we’re doing it.” ♪♪♪♪ There was a girl named Alana
Uriell, who’s currently playing at Arkansas on the number-one team. I was caddying for her. We went up to L.A. for the tournament. And she’s like, “I’m really nervous.” And I go, “Alana, you’re not as good as these
girls. These girls are way better than you.” I go, “You’ve got no chance.” So, we put on — Miley Cyrus came on, you
know, that L.A. song. So we’re singing and, you know, talking and
singing. I take her to the course, and she just — She’s
playing along. She shoots like 1-over on the front. And then she got into the zone. And she had been a cross-country runner, so
she had that inner drive to compete. And it was just magic. I mean, things started happening on the back
nine. She got in a bunker with a short pin, and
I’m thinking, “Oh, geez.” And she knocks it out like this, like a foot,
and taps it in. And then we get to 17, and she’s, “Oh, my
gosh.” I go, “Hey, this is the 75-yard shot we work
on every day at The Crossings. Just hit this shot.” She hits to a foot, makes it, pars the last
hole. And she goes, “How’d I do?” I go, “You did pretty well.” I go, “What’d you shoot?” She goes, “I have no idea.” She goes, “I think I shot 80.” I go, “No, you shot 74. You won the tournament.” That was probably one of my most rewarding
stories is working with Alana, yeah. The best way to get your kid involved in golf
is to find a PGA Pro or local pro who has a class, a Saturday junior class or a Sunday
junior class or after-school program. Right now, we’re going to work with the Boys
& Girls Club in Oceanside here. So Boys & Girls Club will have some opportunities. The First Tee, or if there’s a local Pro Kids
First Tee in your area, that’s another great way to get the kids started.

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