The Duncan Banner

August 1, 2013

Youth golfers hone craft at local clinic

Sean Gorman
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — For the second time this summer, local youth golfers had the opportunity to improve their games at an early age at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club junior golf clinic this week.

The camp teed off Monday and will conclude today when the campers have the chance to play out on the DG&T course.

“The second camp always has less attendance than the first because of the time of year, with things like school coming up and vacations happening,” club professional and camp instructor Mike Hansen said. “A majority of the kids were with us for the first clinic so we’re able to work on some more thorough aspects of the game, which is fun for us.”

The clinics included a full instruction on the sport, with kids working with Hansen, Assistant Golf Professional Mark Budler and former Duncan golfer Thomas Gallion in putting, chipping and driving. Age groups at the event included golfers aged 6-10 and 11-17.

A smaller turnout led to more one on one time between the kids and instructors, allowing the golfers to learn more about the game, Hansen said.

“My afternoon group had only four kids in it, so we were able to get into some pretty advanced stuff for their age group,” Hansen said. “It’s not just about teaching them how to hold a club anymore. I’m teaching these kids things that they wouldn’t normally be learning until they were in high school.”

The previous clinic had been held the last week of June, with a total of 44 participants joining.

The club will continue to stay busy this weekend, hosting its Club Championships Saturday and Sunday and the Oklahoma Junior All Star Tournament Saturday afternoon.