Middle school students on Thursday wrapped up a two-week crash course to the game of golf, taught by a local PGA pro.
The Golf in Schools program featured station-based learning, allowing students to work on a wide range of golf shots. Some of the stations included elaborate inflatable targets, such as a dart board and a shark.
“In the beginning, they were a little intimidated,” physical education teacher Teresa Gendron said. “But the more success they had, they gained skills and confidence.”
The program was funded by St. Peter’s Health Partners and directed by the Northeastern New York (NENY) PGA.
“It’s been a ton of fun,” said Christian Torres, Director of Player Development at NENY PGA. “The game teaches integrity and it’s a lifelong sport. I’m even hearing some interest in reinstating a golf team.”
A lot of the equipment used – high impact youth plastic clubs, colored tennis balls, velcro targets, nets, and training aids – will be kept by the middle school and integrated into the curriculum.
“We’ll definitely have a golf unit every year,” Gendron said.
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