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Silver Fox Golf Course hosts Youth Golf Camp for future Arnold Palmers

By Adriana Fehrs

Ralph Goode, Mission Valley Power General Manager, gives a quick lesson to a group of twenty youngsters before the Silver Fox Youth Golf Camp on Monday, July 14. (Adriana Fehrs photo) Ralph Goode, Mission Valley Power General Manager, gives a quick lesson to a group of twenty youngsters before the Silver Fox Youth Golf Camp on Monday, July 14. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

PABLO — CSKT Tribal Fitness is showing kids the links at the Silver Fox Golf Course; youth under the age of fourteen ventured out for the annual golf camp.

This is the second year Tribal Fitness and Ralph Goode, Mission Valley Power General Manager, partnered with the golf course. The Silver Fox Golf Course provided the equipment, t-shirts, and water bottles. The children receive a free pass to the golf course, if accompanied by an adult, for the rest of the year for participating in the camp. Jason Courville, Silver Fox Golf Course, says they host the camp for free, but always appreciate donations. Tribal Fitness informed parents about the camp and provided lunch and gifts for the participants.

Youth from seven to fourteen were given the chance to improve their golfing skills at the Youth Golf Camp, held at the Silver Fox Golf Course in Pablo. (Adriana Fehrs photo) Youth from seven to fourteen were given the chance to improve their golfing skills at the Youth Golf Camp, held at the Silver Fox Golf Course in Pablo. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

From Monday, July 14 to Thursday, July 17 the children learn golfing basics. The mornings are dedicated to children ages seven to ten, and after lunch children ages eleven to fourteen participate in the camp.

“This is great way to get kids outside, to teach an outdoor activity. We really want to encourage these kids to get out and be active, that’s the goal,” said Goode.

Twenty energetic kids, all under the age of ten, started the day off with a quick lesson from Goode. “Safety is our number one concern,” he says. He showed them what club to use on the green, and then sent the children on their way.

Lance Hawkins, Lead Fitness Specialist at CSKT Tribal Fitness in St. Ignatius, gives a youngster some golf tips. Tribal Fitness partnered with Ralph Goode, Mission Valley Power General Manager, and the Silver Fox Golf Course in Pablo to host a Youth Golf Camp. (Adriana Fehrs photo) Lance Hawkins, Lead Fitness Specialist at CSKT Tribal Fitness in St. Ignatius, gives a youngster some golf tips. Tribal Fitness partnered with Ralph Goode, Mission Valley Power General Manager, and the Silver Fox Golf Course in Pablo to host a Youth Golf Camp. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

With the help of volunteers, the children were split up into four groups, and spent fifteen minutes at each station; putting green, driving range, chipping green, a walk through of the golf course, “and if they’re lucky, they get to do one or two holes on the course,” said Goode.

Lance Hawkins, Lead Fitness Specialist for CSKT Tribal Fitness, says, “We really wanted the kids to get a feel for it before we take them out on the golf course. The older kids will get to spend more time out there.”

Goode says he organized the camp, because after it was dropped one year, he wanted to keep it going.

It’s the ideal golf course says Goode, “you can see the flags at each hole, which is great for the little kids. The Ronan and Polson golf courses are larger, more geared towards adults.”

“Tribal Fitness is grateful for parents bring out their children to come and participate,” says Hawkins.

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