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Rotary Holds Golf Clinic for Kids

golfingMEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford group hopes to get more elementary school kids playing golf.

The Medford Rotary held a special clinic at Centennial Golf Club Wednesday morning for a dozen students from Jefferson Elementary School. It was a part of the First Tee program to help teach children how to golf.

Kids got a chance to tee off with special equipment and tennis balls, and even got to hit at a human target in a padded suit. Organizers said it’s a great way to make the game fun for young kids and get them interested in picking up the game.

“Most kids don’t think about going out to the golf course if they don’t have the clubs or the equipment, those are some of the barriers to getting into the game, essentially,” said Rotary member Jeremiah Paladino. “So by putting it into the physical education classes they’re going to get that exposure.”

The group hopes to raise enough money at the Medford Rotary First Tee Open at Centennial on June 16th, in order to put the program into a Medford school this fall.