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Young golfers learn new skills at annual Albany clinic

About a dozen kids are now hooked on golf in Albany, thanks to the 19th annual “Hook a Kid on Golf” clinic at Flint River Municipal Golf Course. / Mary Green

About a dozen kids are now hooked on golf in Albany, thanks to the 19th annual “Hook a Kid on Golf” clinic at Flint River Municipal Golf Course.

They practiced their putting, chipping and driving, as well as learned about golf course etiquette and maintenance, drug awareness and even dental hygiene.

Not that the week wasn’t without its challenges for eight-year-old Gavin Moultrie.

“When I saw I had to wake up early, I was still sleepy the first time I came here, but then I started meeting new friends,” he said.

Briley Lamon came up each day from Thomasville with her older brother for the clinic. She learned that golf can sometimes be tough for a six-year old.

“Because you have to hit it really hard,” she said.

But when you turn eight like Gavin, it’s a different story.

“You always can’t go back and swing hard, because if you swing hard, it’ll be more chances that you miss the ball,” he said.

Eight-year-old Kennedi Snead had nothing but positive reviews for the week.

“It’s not that hard for me because he’s teaching me very good. I think he’s a good teacher,” she said.

That teacher, Roy Snead, wants the group to see how golf can benefit their health and social skills. Plus, he said it’s just a fun game.

“You’ve got the competition, which is the sports side. You know, if you want to go play on the PGA Tour, this is a good start, a good time to start,” he said.

All the kids in the clinic left Thursday with a free set of golf clubs and gear, including a polo shirt and hat.

Kennedi also walked off the course with a fairway full of gratitude.

“I want to thank my poppa for signing me up for this because it gave me an opportunity to learn how to do golf,” she said.

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