I’m looking at the ice that has grown on my windows and wondering if golf season will ever get here … Luckily, my lovely wife has reminded me that I have neglected to let you all know about “The Big Break” — Golf Channel’s reality based show about golf competition. Otherwise, I might just go back to bed and pull the covers up over my head.
Now, why on Earth would I want you to watch TV at all? Well, front and center in the photo is a young man named Justin Martinson. Justin is from Avondale, Pennsylvania! He was a star player at Kennett High School and went on to star at The University of Delaware, winning eight Division 1 tournaments. Justin is now playing mini-tours full time and proving to be a consistent money earner as he is making his way up the ladder to the PGA Tour.
Many of you may have already heard of Justin. He and his family moved to Hartefeld National from their previous home in California. He has been a fixture at Hartefeld for a majority of the 10 years since then. Justin really is a great kid to be around. He’s very friendly and has great sense of humor. Plus he’s competitive as could be. I love that! I have had the pleasure to serve as his coach since the family moved here and have spent a LOT of time with him. I want you to know that he is very much worth following on the show and through his professional golf exploits. Having a local hero is a really good thing!
The show airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. and there are replays throughout the week. Let me tell you, it has been SO much fun watching the show with my family: we’re all into it! Kids who are interested in golf will be incentivized by watching Justin compete. This is part of how we create a Talent Hotbed — younger players feed off the success of older players. So please have your kids watch. Mary gets to stay up late on Mondays…
Please check it out and see how he does!
PS: No, I have no idea how it turned out. He was contractually obligated not to say a word.
Hope he Hits ‘em Great!John Dunigan is a PGA Master Professional and Director of Instruction at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, where he runs the John Dunigan Golf Academy. An expert in Junior Golf, Dunigan received the prestigious PGA Philadelphia Section Junior Golf Leader Award for 2012, and was named Philadelphia Section Teacher of the Year in 2008. He lives in Kennett Square.