Imperial Country Club hosts youth golf
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Children have been purposefully striding up and down Imperial Country Club’s fairways for the past several weeks, learning the ins and outs of the game of golf.
Sponsored by the Club, teachers have been instructing youth ages five and one-half through 11 on basic golf skills, putting, chipping and driving the ball, as well as golf etiquette.
They are also learning how important it is to take care of the golf course by fixing ball marks and filling divots.
Using clubs donated by the community and club members, and cut down and re-gripped by Dan Fulton, the youth have been having a great time.
Some spend a lot of time in the fairway, while others have been involved with bushes and trees along the fairway perimeters.
However, they all have been seen sporting big smiles.
Teachers were Mary Wilson, Ben Heskett and Alexandria Rettele.
Wilson said this is the first year the Club has sponsored the event. “We hope to make it an annual event,” Wilson noted.
“The kids are going home and telling their parents they like the camp, are having fun and are looking forward to the one next year.”
The cost of the camp, which ran from June 22 to this Friday, was $15 to cover costs. The first week involved ages five and one-half to seven; the second week was for ages eight to nine and this week was for ages 10-11.
Forty-one youth participated in the golf camp.
The camp concludes with a tournament Friday from 9-11:30 a.m. for each age group, with a lunch following.