Community Golf Clinic Has New Leader, Same Goal of Teaching the Game
On a recent Saturday morning, as the temperature inched closer to triple digits, Jessica Dailleboust and Tyler Barker were outside teaching the game they love to those willing to learn how to play it: golf.
“I’ve grown up with it, luckily,” Dailleboust, 28, said. “It’s kind of in my blood at this point.”
Indeed it is. Barker’s too.
Dailleboust and Barker, 22, work at Talking Stick Golf Club and host a free monthly golf clinic geared toward Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members and other Native Americans. The two-hour clinic attracts people of all age groups, children to adults. Golf clubs are even provided.
The clinic is usually held on a Saturday morning in the latter part of each month. The most recent clinic, held on July 30, attracted a handful of people, which was a dip in attendance from past clinics attributed to the heat.
On average, 15 to 20 people usually attend, and participation increases during the cooler months, Dailleboust said.
“Our goal is to get more Native Americans involved in playing golf, especially members of the Community,” she said.
Another goal is to encourage participants to play more and use Talking Stick’s popular golf course. “We have great Community-member rates,” Dailleboust said.
Dailleboust, Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) assistant golf professional at Talking Stick Golf Club, has helped with the clinic since she started with the club about a year ago. She is the clinic coordinator and lead instructor, a position once held by Jason Montoya, who left the club this summer.
Dailleboust has played golf regularly since she was six and played college golf for New Mexico State University and Western New Mexico University, she said. Dailleboust is Comanche, Navajo, Ottawa and Mohawk.
Barker (Shoshone/Paiute) helps Dailleboust with the clinic. The two also visit the Lehi Community Center once a month to lead golf lessons for the Boys and Girls Club members. Special indoor golf equipment, like tennis balls and Velcro targets, is used.
|Jessica Dailleboust helps golfers with proper golf swings.|
“Teaching is something I really like doing,” Barker said. “Growing up playing golf, I know how important it is to have learning opportunities available.”
Teenage siblings Dallon and Taylin Bancroft were smacking golf balls off the tees at a recent clinic under the direction of Dailleboust and Barker.
“It’s pretty fun,” Dallon Bancroft said.
Heat is usually the main factor in attendance, but it doesn’t stop the golf clinic from happening.
“We want to be here in case people are still interested, despite the weather,” Dailleboust said. “We had two brand-new kids (on July 30); if we didn’t have this, they wouldn’t have this chance to be exposed to golf.”
The Talking Stick Golf Club offers a free monthly golf clinic geared toward Native Americans. Golf clubs are provided. Dates of the clinic vary, but it usually takes place on a Saturday morning in the latter part of each month. For more information, dates and times, contact Jessica Dailleboust at (480) 860-2221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.