PHOTO GALLERY: Young golfers learn more than golf at clinic

Island Country Club’s Landon Comeau, first assistant golf professional, instructs and cheers on his young golfers, a number of them playing their first rounds of golf.

Island Country Club, in conjunction with the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department, have been conducting golf clinics for a month. Players can sign up every week and most have participated at least three weeks.

Learning the fundamentals are important, but Comeau says there is much more to the program.

“Honesty, sportsmanship, safety and respecting the game of golf is what we try to instill in these young players,” he said.

Comeau and head golf professional Michael DeJordy have served as instructors for the clinics.

Sarah Nemeth, who chipped in a shot, is having fun.

“I really like it, I’m learning and having fun,” she said.

Comeau said, “You can really notice a huge improvement from the first to third week and it is always fun teaching the kids.”

The clinic runs three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, through Aug. 11.

The students will receive six hours of instruction each week. Age groupings are 8 to 12 and 13 to 17. Cost is $85 per week. Deadline to register is 4 p.m. the Sunday before each weekly clinic. Participants can sign up in advance for any week or weeks. Parents may register their children in the Pro Shop at Island Country Club, or call 394-3151.

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