MCHS coach, players bring golf to youth girls
“This group, you just want them to hit the ball. You don’t worry so much about technique as having the right hands and getting them to hit the ball.”
—Ann Marie Roberts, Moffat County High School girls golf coach, about teaching young players how to swing.
A group of girls from pre-school to middle school got together Wednesday to swing their pint-sized golf clubs.
The group of 12 girls was participating in a Ladies Professional Golf Association Girls Golf Day, a day of learning and building excitement about the game among the younger female community.
The LPGA hosts Girls Golf Days at golf courses and country clubs across the country, with instruction from women with more experience in golfing. At Yampa Valley Golf Course, Moffat County High School coach Ann Marie Roberts and her players were the role models leading the way.
The teaching, which took place from 10 a.m. to noon, was for girls at all levels of golfing, helping beginners learn how to hit the ball effectively and showing more seasoned young players some finer points in swing technique.
“This group, you just want them to hit the ball,” Roberts said. “You don’t worry so much about technique as having the right hands and getting them to hit the ball.
“Once you get into high school then we can work on the position of your hips and your feet. Some of the older girls we did a little bit more advanced things. That’s what’s nice about this, you can teach to the level of whoever you’re watching at the time.”
The girls spent about an hour hitting at the driving range, working on their basic swing, then closed the golf day by learning to chip onto the practice green while aiming for targets like hula hoops and Frisbees.
Roberts said she felt the day went well, and the goal of bringing excitement about golf to a younger group was accomplished.
“It was nice, I think they had fun,” she said. “It was a unit (of girls) that’s more into golf. These girls actually like it and are interested in it. We just want them to get excited about it because it’s a lifelong game.”