Golf clinic attracts 1,000 children |

Golf clinic attracts 1,000 children

Tribune Reports

One of the largest free junior golf clinics in the country again served its purpose Sunday at Silver Oak Golf Course in Carson City.

Nearly 1,000 children attended the ninth annual Fred and Judy Alexander Memorial Junior Golf Clinic, introducing the sport to some children 7 to 18 and improving it for others.

“In 1993 we started it because Mrs. Alexander wanted everyone to get introduced to it and hopefully fall in love with the game as much as Fred did,” event founder Shelley Godeken-Wright told the children and audience as the four-hour clinic began Sunday.

Judy Alexander’s late husband died during a golf outing in 1993 at Edgewood Tahoe.

The juniors received driving, chipping and putting instruction as well as tips on rules and etiquette from 42 Sierra Nevada PGA Professionals. Area golf professionals were active in donating the day to the cause, including Tom Young and Dave Gilpin of Lake Tahoe Golf Course, Pete Smith and Bruce Towle of Tahoe Donner Golf Course, Eric Veraguth and Doug Flynn of Squaw Creek and Brian Gentry, Dave Lafata and Randy Cooper of Incline.

“It’s great to see this many kids getting into it,” said Gilpin, a 14-year veteran of LTGC where he teaches and fits clubs. “This is the future of our game right here. Whether they do it for the rest of their lives, I just want them to enjoy it.”

Children also received lunch, raffle prize and a trick-shot exhibition from Kevin Compare, who dazzled fans by hitting balls with 21 and 76-inch clubs as well as rubbery ones.

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