Keeping Up With the Birdie Sisters
They're a lot busier than the Kardashians, and they don't even have a reality show... yet. Not to say there won't be one in the future, but for the time being, Erica and Myah Jackson have too much else going on.
"Busy" doesn't even begin to describe what their days are like. To get an idea of what I'm talking about, check out their June/July schedule:
June 1: Chicago Public Schools’ Golf Skills Competition
June 2: Erica Jackson’s 6th Grade trip to Springfield, IL
June 12-15: World Youth Challenge @ Bolingbrook Golf Course
June 13: Dance Recital at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park
June 14-16: Optimist Qualifier in Decatur, IL – Myah
June 16: Little Brother John’s Preschool Graduation
June 20-23: Little People’s Golf Championship – Quincy, IL
June 28-30: Country Youth Classic — Bloomington, IL
July 11-15: Callaway Junior World Championships, San Diego, CA
July 11-15: Tiger Woods National Junior Golf Team Banquet and Golf
July 16-18: Mid-West Golf Association, Junior Golf Championships, Lima, OH
July 20: Illinois Junior Golf Association (“IJGA”) Erica
July 22: IJGA – Erica July 23: IJGA – Myah
July 29: IJGA – Myah July 30: IJGA – Erica
Is that not amazing? And the golf these young ladies are playing this summer is highly competitive... with many national and global tournaments included.
In early June, Erica played on the USA Mid-West Team in the World Youth Challenge, a 4-day tournament with teams from across the country and around the world. Though her team didn't win, they remained competitive and the team golf experience was a valuable one according to the elder Birdie sister, who turned 12 not long ago.
That event overlapped with Myah's amazing showing at the qualifier for the Optimist International Championship tournament. She finished with the lowest score of all the girls and received an exemption to participate in the International Championship” that takes place in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, July 22-27. Unfortunately she won't be able to take advantage of her exemption this year due to financial constraints, but doing so well in the qualifier was a great confidence-builder.
At the end of June both Birdie Sisters were huge winners at the Country Youth Classic in Bloomington, IL. Myah won the long-drive, putting and overall short game contests, Erica won putting and short game... and both "brought home the gold" in their age group by winning the 2-day, 36 hole tournament.
Right now Myah and Erica are on the west coast, in the San Diego area for the prestigious Calloway Junior World Championships, where they'll be playing with the most promising young golfers from all over the world. Looking at the roster of players I was amazed by all the countries represented and past winners have included the stars of today. People like Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Lorena Ochoa, Corey Pavin, Nick Price, Amy Alcott, David Toms, Jennifer Rosales and Tiger Woods. Play starts tomorrow and runs through Friday and I'm hoping to get a couple of updates as the week goes on.
So that's a brief update on he exciting, action-packed lives of Myah and Erica Jackson. We hope to resume our radio show in the fall once things calm down a bit, and maybe we'll even consider that reality show one of these days. In the meantime be sure to visit the Birdie Sisters' website for current updates.