Young golfers get loose on the links
The Park City Golf club’s junior golf program is turning out some serious golfers this year. Park City Golf pro Cynthia Brown has been running this program every summer for years, but this time around she has been struck by the commitment of the young athletes.
"With this camp, the kid’s attention span and motivation is unreal," Brown said. "They’re all here to learn golf. They want to play."
Adding to that, she said this group is younger, between ages 7-9, than the usual camp groups.
Their passion was proven on Wednesday, when the large crew showed up at the pro shop outfitted in head-to-toe in snow gear. Not even an untimely snowfall could deter the little golfers, who obligingly braved 45 minutes of snow and wind to learn the rules and etiquette of the game.
"Most adults wouldn’t go out in this," Brown said.
Simon White, age 12, listened attentively during the cold, outdoor session, asking numerous questions a long the way. He said he learned a lot on Wednesday, despite the un-summerlike conditions.
"The most important thing I learned is that ranking with handicaps means you can play anyone you want and still be equal," he said
Wednesday’s camp session was entirely outdoors. The morning began with a video and teaching sessions by Brown and fellow pro Vaughn Robinson.
"If it’s snowing, I don’t recommend golfing," joked Robinson.
The day ended with a test on rules and etiquette. Friends Kelsey Robb and Lindsey McNeil were the first to finish and eager to talk about their day. The duo is in Park City for the summer from Tempe, Ariz. and they were thrilled with the snow.
"It was cool, because we don’t get snow," McNeil said.
Both girls golf with their families and sign up for golf camp each summer to improve their skills. Growing up in the shadows of the some of the best courses and watching top college golfers at Arizona State University, the girls have already decided that they want to play high school golf and hopefully earn college athletic scholarships.
Brown said that interest among females in becoming professional golfers continues to grow as girls watch successful women play on television and receive encouragement from people in the community to get out and play.
Brown said the kids were eager and prepared each day of camp. She spent the first two days of the weeklong camp working on game fundamentals, including chipping, putting and swinging. Thursday, the kids were able to put everything together and play nine holes on the Park City course.
"One parent said that they are more excited about this than Christmas," Brown said.
The Park City Golf Camp will be held for two more weeks.
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