A passion to putt: Young golfers take home lessons learned at Albany camp

A passion to putt: Young golfers take home lessons learned at Albany camp

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A group of Albany kids are enjoying their summer on the links.

The city’s Recreation and Parks department partnered with the Flint River Golf Course to sponsor the “Hook a Kid on Golf” camp.

Dressed in their polos, hats, and of course, golfing shoes, a group of Albany kids took to the green early Thursday morning.

The Hook a Kid on Golf camp has been going on all week at the Flint River Municipal Golf Course. (Source: WALB)
The Hook a Kid on Golf camp has been going on all week at the Flint River Municipal Golf Course. (Source: WALB)

For Samuel Ciump, learning the sport came with it’s challenges.

“Well it was sometimes, hitting the ball,” Ciump, a kid golfer, said.

Even through the swings and the misses, none of the kids at the Flint River Municipal Golf Course were giving up on Thursday.

“It’s hard to explain really most of it,” Tyler Seal, another camper, said.

Seal said the camp gave him a love for a sport he might never have known otherwise.

“If I do win a lot of tournaments and become a professional, I would actually donate the money to charities,” said Seal.

And he's not the only one with a new found passion to putt.

“To do tournaments and learn to get better at golf,” Chloe Frazier, another golfer, said.

While learning the basics of golf, and how to swing their clubs may be fun, Course Manager Roy Snead said the kids out here this week are learning a lot more than that.

“We hope they can take away self gratification, self discipline and self achievement,” said Snead.

“I wanted the teachers to show me how to get better and practice,” Cameron Frazier, another camper, said.

Some even wanting to learn to show their parents how it’s done.

“Well my dad used to be a golfer. He was never really that good,” said Colton Passmore.

Snead said it doesn’t matter if the kids never make a hole in one — it’s about the life skills they take with them off the course.

“Whether you know how to play good or not, it’s just good to know how to play because it helps you to socialize with other people, meet people and fellowship,” Snead said.

Something that may have been the most exciting part of the camp to Frazier.

“I made some new friends,” he said.

Even through the swings and the misses, none of the kids at the Flint River Municipal Golf Course were giving up on Thursday. (Source: WALB)
Even through the swings and the misses, none of the kids at the Flint River Municipal Golf Course were giving up on Thursday. (Source: WALB)

Thursday is the camp’s last day and the kids demonstrated what they learned this summer.

The kids also received golf clubs, polo shirts, hats and tote bags through the camp.

Snead said they hope to continue the camp to teach more and more kids through the years.

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