Sports & Recreation

Curtis Lopez enjoyed the driving range and the compliments he received on his driving skills from Talking Stick instructors.

Talking Stick Golf Club Holds Community Golf Clinic

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community youth and their families gathered on a beautiful Friday afternoon to participate in the Talking Stick Golf Club Golf Clinic on February 19. The clinic was held for Community members of all ages to learn the game of golf, with a focus on driving from the tee.

Hands-on training was provided by Talking Stick Golf Club instructors, who demonstrated various golf shots and techniques. One of the most important techniques to learn for success in golf is the pre-swing, consisting of grip, posture, setup, aim and golf ball position.

The SRPMIC Recreation Department’s After-School Program participated in the free clinic. A number of youth took to the driving range, and some, who are already in Recreation’s golf program, were experts.

“I brought the group because it is a free Community golf camp; I made the effort to come and sign them up in advance so they could learn the game of golf,” said Recreation Coordinator Stan Overturf. “For most of them, it’s their first time coming to a golf course, but we have four who already have experience from the junior golf team provided by Recreation.”

Talking Stick instructors walked by Curtis Lopez, a member of the After-School Program, as he hit the ball at the driving range. They complimented him, telling him he is “a natural.” Lopez was excited to hear the compliments.

“This event was for anyone from the Community who doesn’t have any golf experience or who wanted to learn more about the game of golf and the Talking Stick Golf Club,” said Talking Stick employee Brian Kolehma. “We have done this clinic a couple of times in the past, and we look forward to doing more in the future.”

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