Kids golf clinic returning to WSCC

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Owner and golf professional Jimmy Gurkin announces that a kids golf clinic will again be conducted in 2019 at Willow Springs Country Club..

The first clinic, weather permitting, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday.

Gurkin notes the clinic concept will be revamped and, instead of being held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, it will be set for each Saturday afternoon throughout the winter and spring.

“We are offering kids, who are beginners through intermediate abilities, a way to learn the game or improve their current skills,” Gurkin explained. “The intent of Willow Springs Country Club is to encourage kids to participate in the clinics and, possibly, a spring league and tournaments to be arranged later.

Youngsters ages 4 through 18, if still in high school, may participate. Parents must accompany children under 12 unless the child is versed in golf rules and etiquette. Exceptions may be made for experienced players.

Instructors include Gurkin, Doug Barnes, Bill Baker, David Bass and others when available. Lessons encompass full swing, pitching, chipping and putting.

In the event of inclement weather, the clinics will include indoor lessons on rules, courtesy and etiquette and possibly indoor practice on artificial mats.

A youngster does not have to be a member of a golf course to be involved.

Free hot dogs and sodas will be served each week, and parents may purchase food on site. Free lessons and range ball will be available to all participants between 3 and 5 p.m..

Kids may play for free after 4 p.m. provided they meet qualifications. Cart rental will be available to parents. Kids should posses a pull cart or carry bag, and walk since they must walk during scheduled play. For beginners, clubs are available — subject to availability.

Barnes encourages prospective participants to telephone the golf shop at 252-291-5171 for additional information.