ONE-ON-ONE WITH KIDS
By Zach Scala
The Symetra Tour is back in the Capital Area this week, visiting Capital Hills @ Albany for the $100,000 Fuccillo Kia Championship. Even though the women are busy with practice rounds, some were able to volunteer their time and introduce the game of golf to the Boys and Girls Club of Albany.
On Tuesday night at the course, they showed spectators some basics – like how to swing – and also hit some trick shots and drives that wowed the crowd. These women are only a step away from the LPGA Tour, the Triple A level (just like the Web.com Tour for the PGA Tour).
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While dedicating months at a time on the road to practice in pursuit of their dreams, it was obvious that many of the players miss their families and viewed this as an opportunity to reach out to the community.
“I have seven and 12-year old siblings, so it was really nice to connect with the kids,” said player Ginger Howard, 21, from Florida. She turned pro at age 17.
This is the fifth year that Capital Area Golf has coordinated the junior clinic that offered the opportunity for nearly two dozen girls and boys from the Police Athletic League and the Albany Boys and Girls Club. They got both hands-on instruction on the range and, when an uninvited rainstorm rolled over the course, the kids got some one-on-one time inside.
“Not only was it a great way to introduce golf to a new generation,” Howard said, “it was also a way for these avid players to take their mind off of practicing and the continual pressure they are under and enjoy the day.”
Frank Ciarlo contributed to this story.