September is Women’s Golf Month, so what could be more fashionable than passing the gift of golf on by mentoring young gals? At Barker Brook Golf Club in Oriskany Falls, New York I had the privilege of coaching a group of 6 girls among the 30 juniors attending a month long youth clinic. Every Thursday in July from 9-11, we worked on the basics of swings, etiquette, and scoring. Beginning last year, the first lesson started on a practice green with putting bumpers representing holes. We moved on to the driving range and then to the tenth fairway, hitting from 100 yards out but class ended before we reached the green. Claire, my young hockey player declared, “I just want to see the inside of the hole. I’ve only seen it on TV.” Ok, number one goal for the next lesson. This season, twins Lilly and Kenzie joined other returning gals, Taylor,
Peyton and Hanley. They carried pretty new bags and wore colorful outfits with no regard for particular brands. They encouraged one another and shared big dreams for the future. Their swings and putting strokes dramatically improved so we played full holes and always with colorful balls. Again, the brands don’t matter to them as long as the ball is bright. Pinnacle and many other companies manufacture at least one non-white ball. Vice Golf has a pink ball with a flamingo or any personalized saying imprinted and orderable only online. Volvik stands out in this photo as the official ball of the Symetra Tour on the driving range of Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona making rainbow pyramids last spring.
Barker Brook owner Mike Intartaglia and staffer John Noti solicited Gary Edgett, high school golf coach to run the junior clinic with the aide of several other members besides Danny and myself. He charged $35 per player for the month of group lessons with an extra hour the final day for a celebratory lunch of grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, chips and ice cream sundaes with sauce and sprinkles, topped off with whipped cream and prize bags plus a drawing for a free membership for 2016. What a deal and these kids now love golf. Think about a gal this month that you might introduce to the game of golf. It’s a fashionable thing to do.