Stefanie Cope

Staff Writer

Young golfers are being given a chance to hone and perfect golfing skills this week at a free golf camp being sponsored by the Columbus Country Club and Froggy Golf.

This is the second year the free golf camp has been offered in Columbus.

The camp started at 9 a.m. Wednesday and will consist of one, three hour, session a day through today. Today the camp will be at the Columbus Country Club where lunch will be provided by the Country Club Ladies Golf Association and Subway.

The Country Club also offered any participant who stayed for all three days of the camp a 50 percent-off student membership.

Gwen Morgan, one of the camp organizers, said the children and young adults participating in this year’s camp are about half beginners and half experience players.

Morgan said they are trying to introduce the game to students who haven’t been played golf before because the game teaches many things, including social skills, self-confidence, how to work through frustrations and offers individual and team structure.

Morgan also said the younger a child starts with golf the better their abilities will be later.

Morgan is working with Columbus Unified High School’s Girls Golf Coach Regina Jameson, Owner of Froggy Golf Steve Hall and First Christian Church Pastor and former Professional Golfer’s Association pro Roger Beason to run the camp as well as high school golf students who are there to help encourage the new participants.

Morgan said they start the camp each day with etiquette tips and the camp included instruction on setup, chipping, pitching, short irons, long irons, woods, special shots, putting and the lighter side of golf.

Morgan said they also gave awards to some of the students each day. She said the awards help to keep the children in tune and working towards a goal.

Jameson said she thinks the camp is a good opportunity for the students. Jameson has been the girls golf coach for three years and has played golf for 12 years. She said this is a sport that can be played forever.

“The kids have two excellent resources available.” Jameson said.

Jameson said Hall and Beason are great at working with the kids. She also said this camp allowed experienced players to receive some attention and be able to focus on certain problems and get some help.

Beason said this is the first year he has taught.

“It’s great to see all the kids learning,” Beason said, “It’s better than the kids sitting in front of the TV.”

Beason said he was a PGA pro from 1978 to 1985 when he regained his amateur status.

“I love to teach.” Beason said.

Beason also said he plans to continue on with the golf camp after this year. He said golf is a game that can become addictive and its also a game that can be played when a person is old. Beason said its hard to play contact sports at an adult age, but you can play golf as long as you can walk and swing a club.

Beason also said golf teaches character. He said it is the only sporting event where there are no referees and a person has to monitor themselves.