Students Get Hands-On Golf Lesson

Cook County is the First Northland School to host Golf in the Schools Program

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – With Spring slowly taking hold local golf courses prepare to open.  Meanwhile, one local pro spent his Tuesday introducing kids to the sport.

Students at Cook County School in Grand Marais spent their Physical Education period getting into the swing.  Of golf that is.  They took part in the Golf in the Schools program, sponsored by the Minnesota Section of the Professional Golfers Association.

Superior National Golf Club Head Professional Heath Ekstrom and Kathy Swanson, the Minnesota PGA’s Director of Member Services & Player Development, gave 250-300 students what for many, was their first golf lesson.

“It exposes kids to golf,” said Ekstrom.  “Some of the kids have maybe never seen the game of golf.  Part of our profession is to bring new people to the game of golf.”

With Golf in the Schools, the Minnesota PGA hopes these kids tee up a love for the game.

Thanks to special equipment like clubs from Starting New at Golf, or SNAG, plus inflatable aids Golfappotamus and Golfzilla, the kids took their best shots.

“They’re having a blast,” said Ekstrom.  “When they walk through the doors and they see these inflatable things their eyes light up and they just can’t wait to get at it.”

The teachers hope a few of their new students caught the golf bug for life.

“It can definitely make a big impression and they’ll hopefully want to try it again and do the real game,” said Ekstrom.
Plus, golf beats video games.

“What better place to be than on the golf course listening to nature and unplugging from technology?”  Swanson asked.

And with golf becoming more popular with parents, these kids took the first steps towards a future on the links.