EFSC golf camp teaching young golfers the game

EFSC golf camp teaching young golfers the game

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The young golfer stood over her ball and after some encouragement from an instructor, she started her swing.

The club made solid contact with the ball and it flew through the air down the driving range. She turned to the instructor with a wide smile and said 'I did it.'

 She is one of the 63 campers learning how to play golf this week at the Eastern Florida State College P.J. Wilson and Henry Scott Youth Golf Camp at the EFSC Fred Gay Golf Academy in Cocoa. 

"It's encouraging to see this many young people wanting to learn the game," Eastern Florida State College golf coach Jamie Howell said. "I don't doubt for one second that Tiger Woods back playing competitive golf is a good thing because all of the young folks out here know who Tiger is and when you have that kind of personality there, all it does is help the awareness of the game."

The instructors, including long time volunteers Roosevelt Jackson and Isaac Johnson as well as Eastern Florida State College golf coaches and players are teaching the campers the basics of golf, from how to hold a club to how to putt and chip as well as the history of the sport and how to conduct yourself on the golf course.   

While taking a water break, one group of campers learned the proper way to tee up a ball on the tee box. Another group was identifying the different clubs in a golf bag and answering questions about the game of golf.

"It's for everybody, we have never turned anyone away and if they don't have equipment we give them some. We give out a ton of equipment these two weeks so that they have the equipment that they need to keep playing," Howell said.

On the putting greens, the campers learned how to mark their ball, line the ball up with the hole and the proper putting stroke while another group was off to the side learning how to swing a wedge and a more advanced group was chipping onto another green.

The free camp runs for two weeks with an awards ceremony at the end with one camper earning a two-year scholarship at EFSC. Several former scholarship winners were also on hand to help out including last year's winner Thomas Davidson III.