What Will The ServPro ServeUp in the Future?

August 18, 2009 by  

Coach Karl Kerns of Lake Braddock Secondary School (LBSS) is the lead organizer of the ServPro Invitiational tournament.  During the tournament, we had a quick opportunity to sit down and talk a little about the tournament, it’s future, and junior golf and high school golf in general.

First of all, this year’s tournament was the largest so far.  You’ve done a great job making this the largest high school tournament in the area.  Who else helped out this year?  

“Those that helped with putting this tournament together are Frank El Kurdi of SERVPRO, Dan Kain Trophies, Mike Clark from LBSS, Chris Tippins from Annandale High School, James Purdham from Hayfield Secondary School, Greg Morrison of Twin Lakes and a special thanks to my wife Jill and my son Woody…thanks for understanding while I was gone all those days!!” 

 So what’s the future hold for the ServPro Invitational?  

“That’s a good question.  In four years, we have gone from the Bruin Classic with 12 teams competing in each of the first two years, to the ServPro Invitational with 20 teams in the third year and now 28 teams this year.  What comes to mind is an All Girls Division in the tournament, maybe as early as next year. Right now, the girls compete alongside the boys in the team-scoring portion of the tournament. Most programs run events this way.  Mainly due to a lack of girl players.  I think at least a few schools could field an entire girls team.  It would be fun for them to be able to go head-to-head.  But we’ll see how it goes, look at it and see if it can be worked out.”

And, what about down the road?  “Well, I would like to have the whole course for the two days,” he says with a smile. “Have teams competing on both the Oaks and Lakes courses.  Split it up where you have some teams playing the Oaks the first day and the others playing the Lakes.  The next day they switch.”  Kerns added that this format could possibly work if done a little earlier in the summer.  

When asked about what could be done to enhance junior golf and high school golf in the area, he says he would like to see a developmental tour of some type conducted in the summer.  “The MAPGA (Middle Atlantic Professional Golf Association) holds its junior tour in the summer, that’s true. And, there are some other tours out there. But, those tournaments usually attract the more skilled players. I’m thinking something more along the lines of a tour where new players or juniors with little experience can get out there, learn more about the game, develop their skills and step in and contribute on a high school team.”  He went on to say that putting together a junior tour isn’t easy.  But, if it could get done, the high school  programs and golf in general would benefit from it. 

The idea that the Coach mentions is not such a bad one.  For readers that are not aware, the large majority of high school golf teams don’t have the luxury that most other high school sports team have and that’s a junior varsity.  And, with the high school golf season being relatively short, teams must hit the ground running.  The coaches have very little time during the season to devote to individual development.  The idea of a developmental or “feeder” program could, at the very least, get more kids in the DC Metro area interested in, and playing the game.  The positive effect that this would have on the junior and high school programs really goes without saying.   Any takers?

Coach Kerns has been coaching golf for 16 years, with half of those years being at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, VA.  Until recently, he taught  World History at Lake Braddock.  He has since been promoted to Director of Student Activities at Woodbridge Senior High School.


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