South Stokes High School assistant golf coach, Derek Ward Jr., held a golf camp for kids ranging from kindergarten all the way up through rising ninth graders from July 18 through 21, with a nine hole tournament on the 22.
The camp was held at Hemlock Golf Course and charged a $100 entry fee.
The tournament held on Friday, 4:00 through 8:00 p.m., divided the campers into skill level groups, with a “golfer of the week” award being issued.
Ward said that this is the second year in a row that he has offered the camp, initially receiving the idea after a number of students came to him requesting individual lessons.
Ward played on the professional golf circuit for a period of time and has served as the golf coach at South Stokes High School for the past seven years.
“After my first year I got really good at it and the game is really about yourself, just you out on the course and you really can’t get mad at anyone besides yourself,” Ward said of why he was initially grown to the sport.
Ward said that the average camp day was divided in half, with the first part of the day being devoted to learning the fundamentals of the sport and group work for the second half of the day.
Ward explained that making sure the young campers get started off on the right foot in crucial, ensuring that they are using the proper posture and grip of the club.
“Just from the first day to Tuesday you see a lot of improvement from the kids. They really seem to enjoy it and I try to make it fun for them,” Ward said of the accomplishments of the camp, adding that on the last day of the camp, major improvements are noticeable.
Ward said that out of the campers this year, four will be joining his team at South Stokes High School in the upcoming year.