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Citing the need to direct more emphasis to junior golf, owner/golf professional Jimmy Gurkin announced this week that the Willow Springs Junior Academy is being established at Willow Springs Country Club.
Gurkin reports boys and girls from Wilson County from ages 6-17 are eligible to participate in the academy free of charge.
Emails are being sent to last summer’s 60 participants in the Wilson County Junior Golf Association championship, urging them to not only attend the opening session and join the academy but bring along friends who possess an interest in becoming involved in golf.
The first meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, and will launch a summer program. Program activities include playing golf free of charge on Tuesdays and Thursdays and, also free of charge, utilization of the swimming pool.
Gurkin said one hot dog supper per month is planned and each gathering from 4:30 until 6:30 in the afternoon will conclude with different aspects of golf instruction.
Providing instruction will be Gurkin, noted teacher David Bass, Bill Baker, Scott Hill and others.
Gurkin hopes the academy can be continued on a year-round basis and speaks of involvement possibly affecting participation in this summer’s Wilson County Junior Golf Association championship, which will be contested in late July and early August at three different Wilson courses.