An unseasonably warm December day actually allowed us to get the kids outside and enjoy some mid-winter sunshine. Not only did we have a great turnout of kids, but there was a great involvement from the local golf community. Oak Brook Golf Course's Mike Suhre, PGA, Ann Briar Golf Course's Kevin Schaeffer, PGA, and Metropolitan Golf Association Executive Director Curt Rohe all came out to lend a hand. Walking up and down the line helping the kids, I saw nothing but smiles on the faces of everybody that sunny morning. As always, those of us helping took away as much or more from that day than the kids!
|Dakota at The Quarry at Crystal Springs Golf Course|
Junior golfer: "I stink at golf. I can't do this. My hand won't let me hold the club, my arm won't let me swing the club, and my leg makes it tough to stand up to the ball. I just stink at golf."
Me: "Why don't you give it one more try and let me watch you hit a few balls? I'll help you and we will get you hitting the ball better than ever."
Junior golfer: "OK, I guess I'll try one more time. But I'm only hitting 3 balls. I stink and don't want to do it."
With that the youngster picked up a club, went back to the pile of golf balls, and got ready to hit the 3 balls as promised. I made a slight adjustment to the junior golfer's grip to allow the left hand to better hold the club, slightly modified the stance, and then it was time to swing away. Ball #1 was sent flying through the air towards the target . . . and there was almost a smile. Soon after ball #2 was airborne and had the same result . . . but with a little smile. Then came ball #3 which wound up being the best shot yet . . . and got a huge smile! I told our new golfer thank you for hitting the golf balls for me and how great the new golf swing looked. The next thing I knew another ball was being teed up and sent flying. After about 20 more swings it was time for a little break. So much for only hitting 3 golf balls! When the practice session was over I got a huge smile and was informed that this special junior golfer had decided, "I don't stink at golf."