PGA Junior League puts emphasis on teamwork

Young golfers warm up prior to the start of a PGA Junior League match on a warm afternoon at Hidden Creek.

A program designed to give boys and girls the opportunity to learn and play the game of golf, this was its first year in Navarre.

Mike Kennedy helped run the 11-person team out of Hidden Creek. The league builds on what First Tee already teaches children.

“First teaches golf and you also have the core values with it. This is now taking it to the next level. Kids are getting a chance to play actual tournament golf,” Kennedy said. “You see the kids out there and they want to do well. They are excited to play.”

The team played four matches. Hidden Creek fielded one of the youngest teams this summer, including one golfer who is just 7 years old.

In addition to the four matches, the team practiced for two hours once a week.

But it’s the competition aspect that provides the biggest benefit.

“What they are getting out of this is learning to work as a team, problem-solve as a team and communicate as a team,” Kennedy said.

Read the full article in the July 25 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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