Program keeps growing

Penticton Golf and Country Club's junior program aims to reach the century mark in players

Penticton Golf and Country Club pro and instructor Jeff Hollman helps Ethan McLaughlin with his technique during the club's junior program at the course Wednesday. Nearly 100 young people are currently enrolled in the lessons.

Kal Kozakevich places his iron behind his back and goes through the proper form of swinging his golf club.

The youngster is among 40 kids attending a session of the Penticton Golf and Country Club’s junior program Wednesday, learning some of the basic skills. After the instruction from golf pro Jeff Hollman, Kozakevich and the other kids focus on making the proper contact with the ball and aiming for the 75-yard marker and not the set of houses that line the right side of the driving range. Each one takes their turn at taking a swing, some good, others need more work.

Kozakevich, 11, has played the game for four years and has noticed improvement in his skills over the last two years. He plays a lot with his dad, who signed him up for the program for club members.

“It’s fun,” said Kozakevich, who is inspired by 22-year-old Jordan Spieth, ranked No. 2 in the world. “So far it’s pretty good.”

Kozakevich wants to improve his drives and work on his iron shots, but mainly he wants to have fun.

Hollman has 90 kids in the program and wants to see it reach 100 once the eight weeks are finished.

“Every year it grows,” said Hollman, adding they had 55 kids last week working on their chipping skills.

The program opened up last week with the kids treated to a barbecue provided by IGA. The program receives support from the men’s and ladies clubs, which provides donations.

“They are glad to be out here to experience the game,” said Hollman, adding some have desires to further their education through the game.

Anne Hughes is one who would like to earn a golf scholarship. She enters her second year in the program, but prefers being on the course alone or with her brother.

“I’m looking forward to getting better,” said Hughes, who is good at chipping the ball.

Hughes said the instruction is helpful and she plans to focus working on making shots from the sand.

Each week the program, which operates from April to June, focuses on different skills.

 

Just Posted

Meningococcal disease outbreak declared in Okanagan

Five cases in last six months among 15-to-19 year-olds, including one in Coldstream

Crash blocks Channel Parkway

Northbound was completely blocked, while southbound traffic was reduced to single lane

Recovery centre operator said neighbours bought property ‘in haste’

Penticton addiction recovery centre plan halted by neighbours

Attempted carjacking at Penticton mall

A 24-year-old man is in custody, while a 37-year-old woman was uninjured by the incident

Fundraising effort for man assaulted at Penticton nightclub

A GoFundMe account was created to assist the Penticton man that was assaulted

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

Family doctors should learn to treat addiction, not shun patients: scientist

B.C. Centre on Substance Use’s Dr. Evan Wood said efforts underway to change addiction medicine image

Four dog deaths investigated in Cranbrook

One vet suggests a parralel to these deaths and similar ones in 2016

Province rejects Ajax mine in Kamloops

KGHM Ajax had proposed a 1,700-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine, just southwest of Kamloops

Border officers rally at B.C.’s Peace Arch

CBSA employees tire of ‘lack of respect’

FCC votes along party lines to end ‘net neutrality’

Move rolls back restrictions that keep big providers from blocking services they don’t like

Performance embodies true meaning of Christmas

Caravan Farm Theatre presents O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi by Maristella Roca until Dec. 31

Family of Vancouver Island RCMP officer killed by drunk driver sues

Lawsuit seeks financial compensation from Kenneth Jacob Fenton

SPCA seizes 74 animals from Barriere property

Constables removed sheep, piglets, chickens and more

Most Read