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Kids learn golf with The First Tee

  • Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Samuel Lyles practices his putting on the green with Brady Bonds.
  • Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Donell Daniels gets his grip corrected by one of the golf pros.
  • Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - JaNyiah James was the lone girl of the group, but that didn’t stop her from performing better than her classmates on the course.
  • Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Sencair (Cash) Kemp takes a practice putt on the green. Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Sencair (Cash) Kemp takes a practice putt on the green.

The summer is prime time for children to play sports, improve their skills, and have new experiences. The Boys & Girls Club of Jasper County helped local kids expand their athletic horizons by partnering with The First Tee of the Lowcountry to give five students an opportunity learn golf.

Throughout the summer, the Boys & Girls Club teen director Donte’ Smith took JaNyiah James, Samuel Lyles, Jermarri Scott, Donell Daniels and Sencair (Cash) Kemp to Sun City’s Okatie golf course to learn the game from seasoned pros.

On their final class last week, The First Tee Executive Director Brady Boyd took the group to the Sun City Okatie Creek Golf Clubhouse for lunch to celebrate a successful summer program. The kids and their instructors laughed about memories made over the summer.

“We wanted to give them a good time and show them what an afternoon at the club is like,” said Boyd.

At each session the kids worked on different aspects of their game: driving, putting, hitting out of obstacles, chipping and more. They learned how to score a game, adding up each stroke, golf terminology, — eagle, birdie, par bogey, double bogey — differences in the clubs and how to use each one.

None of the students from the Boys & Girls Club had played golf prior to participating in the program.

With the final lesson, the group headed out to the practice putting green to work on short and long putts. Kids and pros paired off and practiced a few rounds, keeping score. Before the afternoon ended, the kids faced off in a putting competition. The prize? Bragging rights.

Daniels won with a final score of 15.

Kids received achievement certificates and gift bags from The First Tee.

The First Tee works to instill nine core principles into each participant: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

It partners with kids and youth centers across the Lowcountry.

This was the second year the group worked with Jasper’s Boys & Girls Club. The First Tee plans to host eight-week golf lessons beginning in September for students ages 7-18.

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