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Saint Paul students learn how to golf
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Saint Paul students learn how to golf

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First grade students at Saint Paul's Lutheran School putted and chipped their way across the gymnasium on Tuesday as they learned how to golf.

Members of the Beatrice Country Club showed students how to hold the plastic clubs and hit tennis balls toward plastic targets on the ground, which represent getting a hole in one.

By the end of the week, the students will have the opportunity to hit a much larger target lifted roughly a foot off the ground.

Seth Ray, the head golf pro at the Country Club, said this is the first year they've taught kids golf at the school, and that it was organized as an easier alternative to trying to organize a junior golf league.

"There's some of the youth that come in here and have already tried and already played, but there's a lot of youth that have never been introduced to the game, so this is our cheap, easy, fun way of teaching kids how to play golf...It's always fun to watch the kids learn," Ray said.

Ray said they typically teach upper elementary students since they're more physically developed, but the first through fifth grade students at Saint Paul's are all being taught. Along with Bryan Cook, an employee at the golf course, Ray plans to teach fourth and fifth grade at St. Joseph Catholic School before possibly teaching at the public schools.

"I think it's just promoting the interest," Cook said. "Golf is a lifelong sport. You can't play football for all your life, but golf you can. To get these kids started early means they're going to be good at the high school level, get an interest there and get better."

Even though they just started, Cook said the kids have been smiling and laughing, which means they've at least caught their attention in the sport.

Saint Paul's Principal Amy Duever said she loves the sport herself and thinks it's a great opportunity for the students to learn a new skill.

"It's special to have this community partnership and have someone else come in to teach them for the week," Duever said. "They were super excited, and I think they're learning something new and having fun doing it."

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