3rd annual Junior Golf League underway

Staff Writer

This is the third year that the Colville Elks Lodge has written a grant that collaborates with the Dominion Meadow Golf Club (both non-profit organizations) to sponsor and put on a Junior Golf League.

The League offers free lessons, clubs, driving range balls, instruction, a League Tee Shirt and course play for school aged children from the surrounding area.

According to Miachael Cashion, President of the Dominion Meadows Athletic Association, there was a record turnout the first day, with 40 kids taking advantage of the program.

The first two days of the League were June 26 and 27. Next will be Thursday July 6 and then every Tuesday and Thursday through July. Kids can join at any time.

The youngest participants to the 6th graders begin at 8:30 a.m. For seventh graders through high school they start at 10 a.m.

The grant goes toward paying for a reduced cost on group lessons, driving range balls, club use, the tee shirts, and the free green fees for course play for the attendees.

If a kid turns out for a major portion of the June and July league, then they may play in August for free if accompanied by a course season pass holder or a parent or adult (who pays for their own green fees, unless a pass holder).

Andy Hite, PGA Golf Professional is the instructor along with his well accomplished golfing assistant Laurie Hite. A number of other volunteers help on all aspects, from fundamentals to ethics and the morals taught in golf, i.e. honesty, consideration, manners, respecting the course, helping others, etc. The volunteers are golf enthusiasts from both the Elks Lodge and members and officers of the Dominion Meadows Athletic Association, all of which also volunteer on a course that is maintained by volunteers under the direction of Superintendent Greg Schmidtz.

Parents or grandparents who want to learn the game so they can play with these up and comers can call the Pro Shop at 684-5508 and ask for group or individual lessons on the basics. The Pro Shop has everything you'll need.