Golf camp a big hit in Folsom

By: Matt Long
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When the summer began Scott Bohn was a shy 5-year-old boy. Who would have thought the game of golf would open him up a bit? That’s exactly what happened. Scott, one of about 120 kids from 4 to 17-years-old who participated in the Will Robins Golf First Tee Junior Summer Camps at Empire Ranch Golf Club, never played the game before his parents, Scott and Sandra, signed him up for the camp at the beginning of summer. “My husband and I don’t golf, but Scott became interested in it through playing the Wii with his older brother Seth,” Sandra said. “He had asked to play when he was 3, but I said he had to be 5 to play. He turned 5 and told me, ‘Mom, I’m 5 now,’ so we signed him up.” Sandra continued, “Scott is very shy and we didn’t know what to expect from the camp, but he absolutely loved it. He had a great time. He begged me to sign him up again so he ended up spending two weeks at the camp.” The change in Scott was music to Will Robins’ ears. Robins, a PGA member and golf instructor at Empire Ranch, also runs his own golf business, Will Robins Golf. “I love working with the young kids,” Robins said. “Scott was very shy and didn’t want to leave his mom’s side. He was nervous. Three days into the camp his mom came up to me and said ‘I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing it.’” At the camp the kids learned about the game of golf, the basics such as stance and swing, along with chipping, putting, pitching, bunker play and hitting off a tee. On top of that, Robins and his staff taught the kids about golf etiquette, as well as core values like responsibility, respect, sportsmanship, courtesy, honesty and integrity, among others. Robins was pleased with the number of youth who participated in the summer camp. “It’s good to see the game of golf growing in a down economy,” Robins said. “Golf is an individual sport and my biggest joy is seeing the young players learn and improve and come out of their shell.” The Bohn family is equally thrilled with the summer camp. “This has been our first and only experience with golf and they were very professional and so good with the kids,” Sandra said. “Scott will be out in the yard and we will ask him what he’s doing and he’ll say, ‘practicing my short game.’ He loves it.” Brandon Pak, a 6-year-old son of Tom and Anna Pak of El Dorado Hills, also participated in the camp. His older brother, Derek, is in the year round First Tee program. “I like golf because the little ball can go so far,” Brandon said. “I liked learning how to chip, hitting the 3-wood off the tee and putting.” He also liked being videotaped, as all the players were, to have their swing analyzed next to Tiger Woods. Both Brandon and Scott liked watching them swing a club next to Woods. To wrap up the summer, Robins is holding a golf tournament Sunday at Empire Ranch, followed by a barbeque. Thirty-six youth players will pair up with an adult and another pair and play a 9-hole scramble tournament to celebrate the end of the camps. For more information on the summer camps, go to or call Empire Ranch Golf Club at 817-8100.