Saturday, March 10, 2007

Metro holds free clinic for young golfers

On February 24th, more than 100 youth, 10 sponsors, community organizations and golf pros came together to teach golf and life skills to Oakland’s under-served youth.

Golf professionals held 2 hour sessions on golf etiquette, chipping, putting and life skills. Children from Oakland Parks & Recreation, Urban Services YMCA, Oakland Babe Ruth Baseball, and Project Soar tested their skills with professional golf equipment for the first time. Oakland Parks & Recreation provided transportation to and from Metro.

In addition, members of the Metropolitan Junior Golf Program demonstrated golf shots and assisted with instruction. The clinic also included lunch.

"Thanks to our participating organizations, our youth now have another alternative to the streets through the game of golf," said Terry-T Butler, marketing director of Urban Services YMCA. "The next Tiger woods may be born."

Community Organizations and sponsors included:

Metropolitan Golf Links, Urban Services YMCA, The Port of Oakland, Oakland Parks & Recreation, Metropolitan Junior Golf Program, Oakland Babe Ruth, More Choices.Org, Oakland Post, Oakland Turfgrass Education Initiative, Project Soar, CourseCo Inc.

The event was hosted by Metro GM Darryl A. Davis & Terry-T Butler.

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