Swinging through the week

By: Bronlyn Holland

Colby Lance helped lead the  Starrs Mill High School golf team to the state tournament in 2015, but that didn’t keep him from wanting to improve his game at this year’s Chris Haack’s Golf Camp.

He wanted to “learn different shots I haven’t learned before,” Lance said during the first session of the camp at the UGA Golf Course.

Lance was one of the 76 golfers during this camp which is in its 20th year.

“We have kids from Dallas, Louisiana, Florida, we’ve had them from California,” said Haack, UGA men’s golf coach, “As long as they [golfers] meet the eligibility requirements of age, any skill level, doesn’t matter, they can just come.”

To attend this camp, the golfer needs to be between the ages of 10 and 18 but need to be at least 12 years old before September 2016 to stay overnight. The first session was June 5-8 and the second session is June 9-12.

During this session, there were 54 overnight golfers and 22 day golfers. Most of the grouping of the golfers is by their age, but some are by their skill level.

“There are a lot of levels here with junior golfers. We basically help them develop their game,” stated assistant coach for the women’s golf team Whitney Young, who was a counselor at the camp, “Give them tips and drills to work on once they leave camp.”

She was designated to work with a specific group of junior golfers between the ages of 10 and 12. Young is hoping they will use these new skills for future tournaments.

At the end of the session, the golfers play a small nine hole tournament. Their parents can come and  awards are presented.