Youth golf camp finishes up at Manistee National

 

Participants and youngsters pose after the week-long youth golf clinic at Manistee National Golf and Resort in Friday. Over 45 kids ages 5-14 participated in the clinic. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Participants and youngsters pose after the week-long youth golf clinic at Manistee National Golf and Resort in Friday. Over 45 kids ages 5-14 participated in the clinic. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — The Manistee National Golf and Resort wrapped up a busy youth camp on Friday with a scramble and pizza party for the participants.

The camp spanned all week for kids ranging from 5 to 14 years old who were just looking to spend some time on the course with school out of session.

Roughly 45 kids took part in the camp where they were able to work on anything in their game from toning their approach for the older golfers, to just learning how to grip the clubs for some of the younger ones.

“We start off with the 6 to 8 year olds, obviously working on things like putting your left hand on top for right handers. Real basic stuff,” Manistee National PGA Professional Denis Meikle said. “The main thing is that we want them to keep their eye on the ball, turn their back and get a nice follow through and finish. That’s something that they can take with them, no matter how old they are.”

Friday was the first day that all of the kids played on the Canthooke Valley course at once. Meikle essentially ran a scramble on shortened holes with everyone playing on the course.

Some of the older kids would break away during the week, but for the most part the camp worked with golfers on the driving range to get a hang of their swing.

“It’s amazing. Even from Monday to Friday you see a big difference,” Meikle said. “They are broken into groups throughout the week. Today this was one big group. Throughout the week some kids would sneak away to play a hole here or there, but today was the day to really get out there.”

Meikle believes that some of the golfers in the camp will move on to be good golfers at the high-school level if they chose to, but for a lot of the golfers it’s still about just learning the game.

“Most of the older kids are 13, 14 and 15, and we’ve seen some of the kids go through the camp and go to the high school teams,” he said. “It’s a wide variety of skill level.”

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Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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