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Posted: June 13, 2013 9:18 p.m.

Junior Camp helps green golfer reach par

The first Junior Camp held last week at The Oaks Course in Covington, was a huge success. Participants ranging in age from 6 to 16 arrived with various skill levels, including some who had never held a golf club and those who played golf throughout high school. They left with a great experience and knowledge about the game.

Among the players new to golf, 13-year old Kentavious (last name was not provided) arrived on Monday having never been exposed to the fairways and greens of a golf course. But he proved to be a quick learner and progressed tremendously over the course of the week.

Head Oaks Course golf professional Lisa Vaught and instructor Kyle Butler provided Kentavious a set of rental clubs and individualized instruction on the fundamentals of golf.

Three days later he stepped up to the first tee ready to showcase the skills learned from his instructors to his friends and family.

After finishing the first hole with six strokes, Kentavious moved confidently to the second tee and played his tee shot within 100 yards of the pin. Choosing a 9 iron for his second shot, he launched the ball down the fairway where it landed within 10 feet of the hole.

Thanks to what he learned in the camp, Kentavious then took aim and coaxed the ball within inches of the hole, recording his first-ever par.

Kentavious’ story is just one from a week full of them. All participants in The Oaks Course Junior Camp learned not only the fundamentals of the golf swing, but life skills to use as they grow into adults.

Contact The Oaks Course for more information on Junior Camps and other junior events by calling 770-786-3801, ext. 3 or by visiting golfoaks.com.

Jackie Shulz is a member of The Oaks Course located at 11240 Brown Bridge Road. The Oaks can be reached at 770-786-3801.

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