If you teach them, they will come.
Upon arriving at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club about two years ago, club professional Mike Hansen had a plan. The club would start to put more time into building a junior program, allowing Duncan’s youth the chance to learn the fundamentals of the game while becoming familiar with the course and the people working there.
A staple of that plan has taken place this week, with DG&T hosting its annual junior golf camp for age groups 6-10 and 11-17. After starting Monday, the camp will conclude Friday afternoon when the campers get the opportunity to play out on the course.
“It’s been awesome. Every kid at this age, they’re like sponges,” Hansen said. “If you’re teaching an adult who has already played 15-20 years, they’ll be more reluctant to make adjustments. With kids, they just say ‘okay’ and try to make that change.”
The camp incorporates all elements of the sport, with kids working with instructors in putting, chipping and driving. This year’s camp includes 44 participants, nearly twice the total of 26 from last year.
“We’ve definitely seen improvement this week and that’s what’s important,” Hansen said. “With the kids aged 6-10, the primary focus is to teach the fundamentals and at the same time teach them how to love the game. We want it to create a spark where they want to keep playing down the road.”
That spark is a big part of the course’s effort to create a family environment at DG&T.
“We’re trying to create a family atmosphere,” Hansen said. “If mom and dad don’t play golf but junior continues to come out here, the hope is they’ll eventually start playing too. Along with the kids, we want moms, dads, aunts, uncles; everyone can come out here and play.”
It’s all part of Hansen’s master plan to encourage a junior program. The course has also given youngsters the chance to compete on the junior golf tour, bringing the players to Oklahoma City to play.
Local golfers will have another chance to learn from Hansen and company after this camp concludes, as another one will take place the last week of July.
“These kind of things are huge for the kids. I didn’t start until I was 16 and was way behind. Five to ten years from now, high school teams will be a whole lot better because kids started at a young age and have the fundamentals,” Hansen said. “It’s also a chance for the kids to feel comfortable coming to the course and not having that intimidation factor.”
If you teach them, they will come.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
Comets can’t pull out upset
When Velma-Alma senior Conner Sullivan hit a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to trim Glencoe’s lead, the Panthers, who had gone 57-1 in the last 58 games had to be thinking “oh no, here we go again.”
Comanche can’t close out Alva
It wasn’t the way No. 8 Comanche basketball wanted its season to end, but with a 64-62 loss to No. 10 Alva Thursday, the Indians headed home after the first round of the Class 3A area tournament.
Youth bowlers are state runners-up
Duncan’s high school bowlers took second at the state tournament.
Girls golfers second at Guthrie
The Duncan girls didn’t play under ideal conditions at the Guthrie tournament Thursday, but claimed second as a team.
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