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Teeing off at a young age

Learning golf a whole new way
By: Matt Long
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Golf is a game most people play as they get older, but in Folsom last week the youngsters had their turn. About 15 kids between the ages of 5 and 8 years old learned the basics of the game through Skyhawks Sports Academy. The golf camp ran from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the Folsom Sports Complex. “There are four skills we taught starting with putting on Monday, chipping on Tuesday, pitching on Wednesday and driving on Thursday,” said Reanna Luna, one of the two coaches at the camp. “Each day we also spent time reviewing what we already learned and then on Friday we played a 9-hole tournament.” The campers seemed to enjoy themselves, as they swung their clubs, hitting tennis balls toward the yellow pylon (hole). “I like learning how to hit better,” said Folsom’s Jacob Abi-Rached, 7. “I like golf because I like to swing really hard and it’s easy to hit. I’ve been on the golf course a couple times, but my dad said he would take me at least once a week after I take this class.” Another Folsom resident, Megan Eckels, 8, enjoyed learning the game. “I’m actually into golf a lot because my grandpa plays,” Megan said. “I’ve played miniature golf before but have never been to a real golf course before. I want to play golf and be like my grandpa.” Luna said the kids picked up the game quickly during the camp. “It’s an amazing group,” Luna said. “They learned fast and had a lot of fun and were anxious and excited to learn more.”