A few weeks ago a young man that is a almost a fixture at Souris Valley Golf Course got his third hole-in-one.
Pretty amazing for a young man that is only 13 years old.
His grandfather, Bob Mehl, has spent a lot of time and played a lot of golf with young Ty. I asked Bob when he started and he told me that at 5 years old Ty started swinging clubs at Minot's Jack Hoeven Wee Links.
It is a wonderful situation for Minot. We have the Wee Links the youngsters can start on and learn the game, and then advance to the bigger course. Souris Valley is a good challenge for those older youngsters to hone their skills on as they start to hit the ball a little farther.
Jaci Jones, Ty's younger sister, is 8 and is well on her way to being a good player. She just won the Charles and Kay Ruppert Drive, Chip and Putt competition at the Wee Links. You never know, maybe Jaci will have four aces by the time she is 13!
So for parents who have young golfers there is no secret to playing good golf and enjoying the game. You have to get them to the course and have them play!
That brings me to the Flat Screen Golf Tourney that is sponsored by Minot Junior Golf and numerous area businesses. The Flat Screen will be held at Souris Valley Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 18. The tourney will be a noon shotgun start and cost is $150 per two-person teams. Holes one through nine are Alternate Shot at Souris Valley, Holes 10 through 18 are Scramble at Souris Valley and the Better Ball(Score) format will be at the Jack Hoeven Wee Links.
Also at the Wee Links we will give out 9 Sony 22-Inch LCD HDTV for the nine Closest to the Holes.
This is a super fun event and I would really encourage gals to play as well. It is a very social event and not as pressure-packed as some tourneys. You can call Souris Valley to sign up and if you would like to sponsor a hole for $100 give me a call.
This year the proceeds are going to help us fund a 24-hour outside video surveillance camera to make sure the kids are safe.
One last note: the Minot Junior Golf Association pays all of the operating expenses for the Jack Hoeven Wee Links. We could not have built it without the help of the community and the Minot Park District but we are happy that we can pay our own way!
Tip of the Week: If you are slicing the ball relax your grip and rotate you left hand to the right just a little. This should bring the ball back in the fairway!
Rule of the Week: 17-3 Ball Striking Flagstick or Attendant: The player's ball must not strike C: The flagstick in the hole, unattended, when the stoke has been made on the putting green. Penalty: Two Strokes and the ball must be played as it lies.
Etiquette Rule of the Week: Always play without delay and keep up with the group in front.
Keep it in the Fairway, Steve