The Importance of Junior Golf

Tellico Village has been offering Junior Golf Camp for over 25 years. Adam Jacob, Head Golf Professional at Toqua Golf Club, has experienced 18 summers of camp here in the Village. Jacob says that Junior Camp is one of his favorite weeks of the year, as he welcomes the change of pace and the excitement the kids bring. Not only is it a week of learning and fun, it’s also a week of bonding with grandparents and making memories. His favorite thing about camp is seeing the repeat juniors coming back year after year and seeing the improvements they have made. Josh Phillips is one of those kids that grew up coming to camp in the summertime and spending time with his grandparents Keith and Annette Schmidt. Josh came to his first camp when he was just 7 years old.

Josh and his family moved from Franklin, Tennessee to New Hampshire last year. While he is still adjusting to the courses throughout New Hampshire, he is also settling in to at-home learning due to the pandemic. However, this superstar is taking it all in stride. The Oyster River High School sophomore recently finished a near-perfect debut season. Here’s a list of his recent accomplishments:

  • NHIAA 2020 Division II Individual State Golf Champion.
  • Oyster River – 2020 Division II State Runner UP – highest finish in school history
  • NHIAA 2020 1st Team Unanimous All State Selection – Boys Golf
  • Nominated for Seacoast HS Male Athlete of the Year

Phillips hopes to make some noise in tournaments like the Seacoast Am and New Hampshire Amateur in 2021. Josh and his family spent most of March in Tellico Village and Josh played in the Sneds Elite Series Tour in Cleveland, Tennessee. Josh and his father, Brett Phillips, have been enjoying the beautiful courses of Tellico Village and the mild winter weather. Josh has made some wonderful memories here over the years and his grandparents are very proud of his accomplishments. We look forward to hearing more great things about Josh and all those junior golfers that we have been blessed to have with us over the years. Tellico Village is very involved with junior golf in its efforts to grow the game. We serve as home to one middle school program, as well as four high school teams. Tellico Village also hosts several local and statewide tournament events.