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Junior golf program gets kids swinging

 A couple of youngsters practice some unconventional moves on the putting green at the Legends Golf Club on Wednesday, July 6. The club offers three days of lessons in July and another three in August for kids ages 5 to 8; and also for kids ages 9 to 12.
A couple of youngsters practice some unconventional moves on the putting green at the Legends Golf Club on Wednesday, July 6. The club offers three days of lessons in July and another three in August for kids ages 5 to 8; and also for kids ages 9 to 12.

The next generation of golfers is getting into the swing of things at the Legends Golf Club in Warman.
“We’re showing them the basics of the game, and letting them have fun,” said Conner McGill, Associate Professional and Tournament Director at the Legends. “We show them the grip, stance and posture, and encourage them. The goal is to get them excited about the game.”
The Legends hosts two three-day group golf lessons for youngsters. The first session was held July 4, 6 and 8; while the second session is slated for August. Kids from age 5 to 8 are in one group, while those age 9-12 are in a separate group.
McGill teaches the lessons. He said he sees a marked improvement in the kids’ techniques over the course of the week.
“We give them a 45-minute lesson on the driving range on Monday; then on Wednesday we do lessons on putting and chipping; and then back to the driving range on Friday,” he said. “They’ll usually hit the ball a lot further and straighter on Friday.”
The Legends and other golf courses across western Canada are currently encouraging parents to take their kids golfing by offering free green fees for kids 16 and under.
“If the kids are accompanied by an adult who pays a green fee, they can golf for free,” said McGill. “Golf clubs are trying to grow the game and get the interest going among kids.
“And it’s a sport the whole family can enjoy together.”
Legends head professional Craig Prentice said it’s important to get youngsters involved in golf, and the ‘kids golf free’ promotion is a step in the right direction.
“It’s a partnership with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA),” said Prentice. “You’ll see lots of golf courses across Saskatchewan and western Canada participating in this promotion.”
Prentice noted that while there are healthy numbers of younger kids learning the basics now, the Legends is looking to strengthen its junior golf program in future years.
“We’d like to see the kids get comfortable playing competitive golf and go on to participate in tournaments across the province,” he said. “There are several successful junior programs in golf clubs in Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Swift Current, and we’re seeing some phenomenal young golfers coming out of those clubs.”

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