Local Golf: Junior golf tournaments a key factor in sport’s growth in Putnam County

A void that needs to be filled is the primary aim of a couple of junior golf camps set to begin shortly at Putnam’s two courses.

Unlike times past, the last several years have been witness to a decline of interest and participation by young golfers in these parts. Thus, the need and importance of introducing local youngsters to the grand old game is at an all-time high.

The first of the two summer clinics kicks off June 3 at Fruitland’s The Oaks Golf Club. Headed by Ken Click,  three sessions are set to go – June 3-7, July 8-12 and Aug. 5-9. Each camp is $50, while participation in two camps is $95, and $140 for all three. The sessions break down as follows:  For youngsters ages 10-14, they are 8-10 a.m., while the 15-18-year-old sessions will be from 10 a.m. until noon.

Range balls, clubs (if needed) and an end-of-session tournament are part of the package, as well as instruction in all the basics of the game.

For more information, contact Click at (386) 559-4015.

At Palatka’s Municipal Course, things get going June 10, followed by a second session in July. The opening session is June 10-13,  with Session II set for July 15-18. Each session is from 9 a.m. until noon, with eight hours of professional group instruction, use of range balls, one free play day with accompanying adult, a Junior Summer 30-day membership, golf etiquette book, and reduced green fees outside of camp sessions.

Safety rules, etiquette, course management, long game and shot game will be covered.

Cost is $80 per camp participant, with each camp limited to 25 youngsters ranging from ages 5-17.

For more information contact the clubhouse at (386) 329-0141. ... 

McKenzie/Bass rule at Memorial tourney. The duo of Larry McKenzie and Bill Bass carded 48 to win Monday’s Memorial Day Tournament at The Oaks. Format was two-man teams in a scramble on the Fruitland course, which was set up as a par three for the festivities.

Highlighting the win was Bass’ hole in one, coming on the 88-yard No. 2 hole. Bass used a pitching wedge to collect his third career ace. Playing in the same group with McKenzie/Bass were Craig and Donna O’Neal

Taking second spot in the tourney at 51 was the pair of J.C. Singleton/Jeff Robinson. ...

Lions Club tournament coming soon. The good work of the Palatka Lions Club will be highlighted in its upcoming benefit scramble at the Municipal Course.

The second annual “Support A Vision” scramble will send proceeds to help give the gift of good vision for those less fortunate than many of us.

This year’s event is set for June 8 at the Muni. Cost is $55 with lunch and prizes included. Shotgun start  goes off at 9:30 a.m. Long drive, putting contest, closest to the pin and prizes for the top three squads is part of the deal.

For more information contact Carl Harrell  at (386) 331-6553, or email at pcclioncarl@comcast.net. ...

South Putnam news. Dave Essler, Penny Stites and Randy Peterson carded 31 to win the May 22 scramble at The Oaks. Peterson and Dave Jones tied for closest to the pin honors on No. 13.

Taking the May 24 competition with their 31 worksheet were Gary Carlisle, Peterson, Jack Dreesen and Judy Reddick. Reddick  also claimed CTP honors on No. 2 as well. …

Twilight Scramble results. Kevin Durscher, Jim Santo and Warren Wilhite shot nine under par to win last Thursday’s Twilight Scramble at the Municipal Course. The winners collected a skin on No. 8. …

Danny Hood’s golf column appears every Wednesday in the Palatka Daily News.

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