Garrett Anson ran up to Junior Golf Camp Director Ann Marie Roberts on Wednesday with a smile on his face.
“I had a lot of fun today,” said Garrett, 5, as he hugged Roberts inside the clubhouse at Yampa Valley Golf Course.
Knowing youths are having fun and learning is enough reason for Roberts and the golf course to host the camp each year, she said.
“The kids love it,” Roberts said. “When you see the enthusiasm on their face, you can just tell they are having fun.”
This year marked the camp’s sixth year.
Sixty young golfers, ranging in age from 4 to 14, participated in the camp, which started Monday and ended Wednesday.
The first two days were set aside for lessons to teach the young golfers fundamentals of the game, and on Wednesday, they were allowed to put their skills to the test.
The golfers played several holes on the course.
Garrett said he had fun playing golf since he started about two years ago.
“I just like to hit the ball,” he said. “And hit it really far.”
The goal for Garrett was to get him outside and learning new things, his grandmother Lena Anson said.
“We just wanted to get him outside and be able to get some exercise while having fun,” she said. “He seems to really enjoy being out here.”
Cousins Hudson, 4, and Ellina Jones, 7, played with Hudson’s mom, Amy.
“(Hudson) loves doing almost everything outside,” Amy said. “And at his age, this is one of the few things they offer for him during the summer.”
The group playing ahead of them included 6-year-old Elias Weiman, who was resting on the back of the golf cart between shots Wednesday.
“The hardest part is that you have to start really far away from the hole,” Elias said. “But, it is really fun when you are able to get all the way to the flag.”
In one of the older groups, Spencer Turner and Casey Nations, both 12,
“I love playing golf,” Spencer said. “I’ve been playing since my dad first bought me clubs when I was 7.”
Both Spencer and Casey agreed that concentration is the hardest part when it comes to golf, but the sport is rewarding in the end.
“When I can make a really good shot,” Casey said, “that is probably the best part of playing golf.”
Roberts said she was hoping the camp would pay off and the campers would keep golfing.
“If we can get half of the kids that came out today to keep playing, then they are the future of golf,” Roberts said.