Soccer balls, big clubs introduce juniors to golf

LIHU‘E — What was a soccer ball doing at a golf course?

Ron Peeren of the Kaua‘i Junior Golf Association said golf is a game of eye-hand coordination and the soccer ball was used to hone young players’ eye-hand coordination on Saturday.

Peeren, one of several golf professionals helping at the Hawai‘i Junior Golf Day event, said in addition to his exercises on eye-hand coordination, he introduced the young golfers to dress ethics, the game of golf, nutrition and exercise.

More than 40 young golfers took advantage of a break in the weather to pour onto the driving range of the Pua Kea Golf Course, one of two Kaua‘i golf courses participating in the event sponsored by the Hawai‘i State Junior Golf Association and PGA Aloha Section.

The cancellation of the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation golf match at the Kaua‘i Lagoons also helped the turnout. KIF golfers who are members of the Kaua‘i Junior Golf Association used the event to hone their skills on the driving range.

The introduction to the game of golf geared to young players involved joining the soccer ball exercise. Aspiring golfers jumped, skipped and hopped over a course laid out with actual golf clubs. During an other exercise,  young golfers used oversized keiki golf clubs to chip tennis balls.

Driving and putting skills were honed using equipment used by golfers. PGA professionals helped the young golfers with tips on the hands-on use of equipment.

Visit www.kjga.org or www.hsjga.org for more information on the junior golf program.

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