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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 18, 2018

Youth players learn golf during week-long camp

By Justin Webster | Jun 28, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Caroline VanPelt was one of 38 total boys and girls playing in the camp which had it’s highest ever participation in over 15 years. Friday the kids will grill out and have a pool party.

After running the youth basketball camp last week, now Fairfield head boy’s golf coach Mick Flattery is out on the links of the Fairfield Golf & Country Club teaching kids the game of golf.

Although he’s been hosting the week-long camp for a decade-and-a-half plus, Flattery said the 38 total fourth-ninth graders attending this year is the largest number in it’s history which surprised him a bit with athletes focusing on volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball as well during the summer months.

Mick said the idea is to get the club in their hands and teach them drills to get them excited about the game while learning the basic ins-and-outs of the rules and etiquette.

They will also learn to score a card, read a course map, where to tee off and then Friday the kids will play in a nine-hole tournament before grilling out and enjoying a pool party.

With the help of Agri-Industrial Plastics, tees and balls and t-shirts were just some of the giveaways given to the kids who received something each day.

Girl’s varsity coach, Joe Kruzich said that while participants don’t always translate to high school players, he and Flattery both see two to three youngsters who could challenge for spots on the varsity club already.

Kruzich won’t have any seniors and has three juniors so he knows all about building numbers to increase competition and skill.

“Our succes didn’t come overnight and it won’t come back that quickly either,” said Kruzich who added, “This is a great game they can play all of their life and the sooner we help them understand that, the better they are going to be.”

Flattery continued to say that along with building character and integrity, many business deals are done on golf courses and in similar settings and knowing how to act and adapt is much more important than the score you write down at the end of the day.

Along with Kruzich, Flattery wanted to thank Rick Thompson and Tom Anderson who have helped with the campers and Larry Padget and the board who donated time.

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