Little linksters invited to learn about golf


Tom Dockstader, the Moffat County High School Lady Bulldogs golf coach, will welcome young linksters from around the Yampa Valley Saturday with a barbecue and prize drawing, and hopefully most will want to stick around to learn a little bit about golf.

There will be a Junior Golf Kick-off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Yampa Valley Golf Course's driving range.

The get together is an informational and sign up session for this summer's junior golf clinic.

"Saturday should be a fun day, just something to get the clinic rolling," Dockstader said. "It is also a time for parents to ask questions about the program."

The clinic has been extremely popular in the past, and this year looks to be no different. More than 100 children are expected to turn out for this year's lessons.

The program is designed to help golfers ages 5 to 17 to improve their game. There are three levels to the program: Beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Nick Bomba, a former collegiate golfer, will be on hand to assist Dockstader with the clinic. Along with Bomba, a number of high school linksters will help as well.

The beginner section of the program teaches children all the essentials needed to learn the basics of the game. Club grip, posture, stance and an introduction to the rules will be taught.

The intermediate level works more on the particulars of the game, emphasizing specialized shots and course management.

Both of these sections will be primarily taught by the high school golfers.

The advanced level reiterates what is learned on the intermediate level, but does so in greater detail. The group focuses on putting, and can put to the test what has been learned by playing nine holes every Tuesday.

Those in the advanced section may also participate in scrambles with other courses, but this is still tentative.

"The clinic gives a good starting point for the kids," Dockstader said. "It lets the kids know whether or not they want to play the game."

The clinic runs from June 11-15, and there is a $20 fee for beginner and intermediate classes. Advanced level players must have a season pass to the Yampa Valley Golf Course in addition to the $20 fee.

Those who wish to participate don't have to own equipment. The golf course will provide clubs to those who have none.

Past clinics have been popular with all those who have participated not just those who attend, but also those who teach.

"Everyone really seems to enjoy themselves," Dockstader said. "The younger golfers especially enjoy the high school golfers and they do a heck of a job with the kids."

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