Golf camp gets kids back into the 'swing' of things

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  • By Jet Fabara
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Every summer at Edwards, Muroc Lake Golf Course attempts to solve the proverbial question of what kids can do during their summer break by giving children ages five to 17 the opportunity to either learn or improve their golf game during their annual summer golf camp.

This year's three-day camp, held July 22 to 24, included over four hours of instruction that covered different rules and all aspects of the game of golf, like etiquette, putting, chipping and swing mechanics.

"We offer these every year during the summer since the kids are out of school," said MLGC golf instructor Chelsea Orozco. "My favorite part is bringing new kids into the game. It's nice to come out and see kids that have been attending these camps here for the last three years, but it's also nice to see new faces and watch them learn what golf is all about."

According to Orozco, the sessions were divided into two age groups and two different time slots during the morning.

"It's a time in a little period during these clinics where kids get to interact with other kids on different skill levels and I just hope the younger, inexperienced kids are inspired by the kids who have been doing this for a while," Orozco said.

For Riley, 8, the experience of being on the course and improving is what makes this event worthwhile.

"Golf is hard, but fun," said Riley. "My favorite part is lining up the ball, hitting golf balls on the range, and watching them go down range; while the most difficult part for me is my follow through."

"When people ask me, I tell them that this game is really challenging, but I think it's fun to find something that challenges you every time you come out," added Orozco. "That's why we have clinics and events like this, to improve. This game all depends on time, because every person learns differently and at their own pace."

For more information about the golf course or camp, call 661-275-PUTT.