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First Tee in Georgia puts fun in kids' summer golf lessons

Posted: July 3, 2014 - 6:30pm  |  Updated: July 3, 2014 - 6:40pm
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A water balloon bounces away miraculously intact and uncaught after three sets of hands couldn't get a grip during a morning session of the First Tee program at Coastal Pines Golf Club. Shown are Aiden McGregor, from front, Summer Keen and Erica Bentley.  Terry.Dickson@jacksonville.com
Terry.Dickson@jacksonville.com
A water balloon bounces away miraculously intact and uncaught after three sets of hands couldn't get a grip during a morning session of the First Tee program at Coastal Pines Golf Club. Shown are Aiden McGregor, from front, Summer Keen and Erica Bentley.

BRUNSWICK | It’s never too hot for golf when a golf ball explodes into spray and there are Popsicles in the shade.

The kids in the First Tee program are in their fifth week of a nine-week summer program of golf lessons. Coastal Pines Golf Club, Sanctuary Cove and Jekyll Island are hosting the programs at their facilities, said Courtney Stiles, executive director of the Golden Isles Leadership Foundation, the local First Tee provider.

The instruction was a combination of skills, etiquette and respect for the course, but at the end the kids got to cool off with some unusual golf balls. They teed up water balloons and tried to hit soft shots at a ring target. For their second shots, however, they got to swing away and were rewarded with a cooling spray.

When Aiden McGregor’s balloon ball exploded, he said, “Yeaay, I got wet.”

The instructors are taking the heat into account, Stiles said, making sure the children get plenty of water and a break in the shade with Popsicles.

 

Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405

 
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