About | Contact | Advertising | Email Updates
Tee Times Magazine | Minneapolis/St. Paul

Cragun's 2016

Local Golf
June 22, 2017

Golf In The Schools Taking Off
RedTail Ridge in Savage
+ click to enlarge
RedTail Ridge in Savage
Brimhall Elementary in Roseville
+ click to enlarge
Brimhall Elementary in Roseville

The newly established Golf in the Schools program is taking off and schools are beginning to take notice of its success. In communities all over Minnesota and the Dakotas, schools have been adding golf to their physical education curriculum and the response has been tremendous.
"This is the perfect way to get kids interested in golf," emphasized Brimhall Elementary Phy. Ed. Teacher Missy Brink. "They see all the fun things-colors, inflatables, equipment-and it gets them interested in something they may not have had interest in otherwise. 700 kids have gotten the opportunity to try golf that would normally never have that chance."
This is not your typical outing on the golf course. Kids are not only taught the fundamentals of the game of golf, but it is the way they are being taught that is catching everyone's eye. These juniors are using SNAG (Starting New at Golf) equipment that has fun colors and caters to the beginning golfer in a unique way with larger club faces for better contact. Students use these clubs to hit golf balls at the massive, interactive inflatables that are laid out across the gymnasium. The equipment also comes with a mini putt-putt course that is easily constructed.
This would not be possible without the schools' willingness to host these programs but also the help of local PGA Professionals dedicated to growing the game of golf in their communities.
"This is something that I've wanted to do for a while and have been working with our Director of Golf on," said Jon Abbott, golf professional at Northfield Golf Club. "We want to invest in the community and we feel strongly that the youth of Northfield are missing out on golf."
Gary Botkin, PGA Professional at Stonebrooke Golf Club in Shakopee, echoed this sentiment.
"It is so much fun to interact and watch kids who really have no [initial] interest or knowledge of golf hit that first good shot. The excitement is very rewarding and they are hooked," Botkin said. "They come in the gym and there is a 20-foot inflatable there and the kids' eyes light up; even the teachers make a trip through the gym to see the special guest. The school becomes alive with golf stories."
The participating gym teachers have already expressed significant interest in having the golf program return in years to come. The reviews have been amazing as the kids can't stop raving about the program.
Are you a PGA Professional looking to host this golf program at a school near you? Or are you a staff member who wants to organize this at your school? Reach out to Kathy Swanson, Director of Member Services & Player Development, to learn more and start golf in your school!






Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search





















































Cragun's 2016

Site Design and Content
Copyright 2017 Tee Times Magazine

Software © 1998-2017 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved