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NMSU Golf Course offers summer fun for kids

The New Mexico State University Golf Course offers several player development opportunities throughout the year, but summertime is all about the kids.


A group of boys hit balls at the NMSU Golf Course.
Participants in NMSU's Youth Summer Golf Camp hone their skills on the course. The final Summer Golf Camp will be held July 29-Aug. 2. To sign up, visit http://www.nmsugolf.com/junior. (NMSU photo by Emily C. Kelley)
A group of girls practice chipping at the NMSU Golf Course.
Participants in NMSU's Youth Summer Golf Camp hone their chipping skills on the course. The final Summer Golf Camp will be held July 29-Aug. 2. To sign up, visit http://www.nmsugolf.com/junior. (NMSU photo by Emily C. Kelley)

"When I started at the golf course about three years ago, we wanted to have a good emphasis on junior golf, so we started a youth academy, which is a yearlong program, and put an emphasis on our junior golf camps," said Jason White, NMSU Golf Course head golf professional. "The idea is just to introduce kids to the game and also to increase their skill set."

The Youth Golf Camp focuses on sports motion, proper stances, driving with irons, chipping, putting, general fundamentals and rules of the game.

"We teach them the basic fundamentals of golf, as well as some basic life lessons and etiquette, like how to act on and off the golf course," said Tyler Aynes, NMSU Golf Course director of junior golf. "We do eye-hand coordination drills and focus on a more detailed golf swing, too."

Camp participant Sean Miller, age 6, says that golf camp is fun and he's learned about "the stance, posture and about making your golf ball go far."

Miller added that making the ball go far is the hardest thing about the camp for him.

White said that camps are limited to about 30 students to maintain a 6-7 student to instructor ratio, so that participants get both individual and group instruction.

"We want them to be able to create a foundation that they can carry on for many years to come," White said. "Many of the kids in our summer camps will then go into our youth academy, which meets every other Sunday for about eight months. We want to have a good environment here for the kids to come out here to learn and play the game of golf."

"Golf is a unique sport in that it can be played, basically, your entire life," Aynes said. "And, teaching kids about the game I love is a lot of fun."

One session of Youth Golf Camp remains, held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., July 29 to Aug. 1, for $60. To sign up, visit http://www.nmsugolf.com/junior/. Multiple camp and multiple student discounts are available. The cost includes range balls, instruction, a certificate of completion and prizes.