Monday, August 28, 2006

"Kids have to know the rules to play golf."

Each Saturday, Metropolitan hosts the Metropolitan Junior Golf Program, a non-profit group for children ages six to 17. The young players receive instruction on the driving range, short game practice area, putting green, and the back 9. But the first item on the agenda is a mandatory golf rules and etiquette seminar taught by Leonard "Googie" Kirtley, Jr. Googie is president of the Metropolitan Junior Golf Program. I attended last Saturday's meeting, where about 60 kids crammed a meeting room in the maintenance building. Googie drilled the youngsters on the sometimes complicated Rules of Golf, from the differences between match and stroke play to the proper order of play. Let me tell ya -- they know the rules better than many experienced adult golfers.

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