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TCHS hosts 2011 golf camp

By Staff | Jun 30, 2011

The 2011 TCHS Knights Junior Golf Camp was held June 20, 21 and 22 in conjunction with the Sistersville Country Club. Twenty boys and girls who will be entering fourth through eighth grade in the fall attended the three-day camp.

“I think it was a rousing success!” exclaimed golf camp director Joe Griffith, who is the TCHS Knights Golf Coach. “When I sat down to plan this golf camp with Tim Miller-who is an officer of the Sistersville Country Club’s board-and Bill McCoy-the pro at the country club-I was hoping to be able to get eight or ten kids signed up. But Tim thought we might be able to get twice that number … and he was right! We ended up with 20 youngsters from Sistersville Elementary, Boreman Elementary and our middle school.”

In an effort to not interfere with other local sports camps, the golf camp was held in the evenings. This also seemed to help with parents being able to drop off their child after work, rather than having to find some way to get them to the course in the mornings.

Students attending the camp rotated among three skills stations: putting, chipping and driving. They then went out on the course in small groups and played a scramble format for two or three holes under the direction of an instructor. Golf rules and etiquette on the course were also addressed.

Griffith added, “There were a lot of the youngsters who had never played golf before. They didn’t even know how to hold a club or what a fairway is. But I knew the camp would be a success even after the first night, when one boy came up to me and said, ‘Thanks for getting me interested in golf.’ Golf is a sport that is sometimes hard for a boy or girl to start into unless one of their parents plays. So hopefully we gave some of them a chance to try a sport that they otherwise would not have had a chance to learn.”

The instructors for the camp consisted of members of the country club. “Tim Miller is an excellent golfer, and he had a lot of good ideas to help the kids at the skills stations,” Griffith commented. “Tim also lined up an impressive squad of instructors, including the course pro, another former golf coach, three former teachers and coaches, along with one of the better players I’ve ever had on my golf team. So I was very impressed with the instruction that the kids received at the camp!”

Students attending the 2011 Knights Golf Camp included: Logan Jackson, Creed Ammons, Trey Landis, Ty Pratt, Aleya Stanley, Hannah Jackson, Cheyenne Morris, Devann McCoy, Noah Smith, Avery West, Anna Griffith, Lexi Helmick, C.W. Harton, Garrett Littell, Daron Weekley, Dalton Baker, Jenny Lynch, Macy Long, Madison West and Hannah Morris.

Instructors included: Tim Miller, Bill McCoy, Doug Miller, Jim Cavezza, Denny Lovell, Jimmy Willison, Chris Byers and Jim Hammel.

“I am hoping that we will be able to offer the golf camp again in 2012,” commented Coach Griffith. “My thanks go to Tim and the Sistersville Country Club for the great hospitality shown to the kids at our golf camp.”