Youth golf camp has strong turnout

This group of young ladies enjoys some golf during last week's Next Link Summer Camp at Marion Lake Club. Camp director Onee Pressley said 32 kids attended the week-long event. Josh Davis/blueridgesportsphotography.com

The director of last week’s Next Link Youth Golf Experience Summer Camp at Marion Lake Club got more than she bargained for on the first morning of the event.

A dozen more kids, to be exact.

Onee Pressley said she had planned for 18 youngsters, but ended up with 30.

“The night before the camp I was expecting 18 little golfers,” said Pressley. “We were totally surprised when we showed up Monday morning to see 30 players waiting to sign up.”

And it didn’t stop there.

“By the end of the week we had a total of 32 young players that had joined our camp,” she said. “Of those 32, 22 of them didn't have families that were members of Marion Lake Club. This is very exciting on many fronts for the club. New membership helps build the community and improve the facilities, as well as ensuring the next generation of golfers to grow up on the course.”

Pressley said youngsters got a well-rounded experience. Each day, campers broke into five groups and rotated on a circuit, learning putting, chipping, driving and match play. The kids also got to do art activities each day. They rounded out the week with a pool party at the club’s pool. Each player got a bag of golf gear, a t-shirt, a golf towel, a framed photo of themselves playing golf, balls, tees and coupons to Slice’s.

The campers also learned the basics of golf decorum.

“Every day, we worked on golf etiquette with an emphasis on honesty, integrity, courtesy, respect, sportsmanship, confidence and responsibility,” Pressley said.   

Pressley said she appreciated the help of volunteer coaches who conducted the camp, including Joe Tisdale, Danny Cook, Mike Menard, Jon Hartman and McDowell Lady Titan players McKenzie Hartman and Cortnee Tate. She also said Slices Bistro and the club’s board of directors deserve some credit, as does Chuck Smith, whose donation to the group will help ensure future camps and similar projects.

She added a ‘thank you’ to local businesses Simply Sweet and Happy, Holly’s Deli, Pepperoni’s, Pressley Made and Clear Creek Golf Carts.

For information about future camps, contact Pressley at 828-460-9541.

 

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