John Mabry - from the rough column

John Mabry - from the rough.

As I write this in early March, there is no sign of green grass or golf anywhere in sight. The long, sad, white winter continues.

But I sincerely hope by the time you read this, we are able to get the clubs out of hibernation.

Woodland Hills pro Tom Erlandson has the right attitude and a plan.

“Spring will come. Spring will come. Spring will come. If we say that while clicking our golf shoes together, maybe it will come true,” Erlandson said. “Or we will end up in Kansas. Probably less snow there at least.”

Less snow just about everywhere, I think. But all the better when it’s time to play, right? Absence makes the heart grow fonder is a golf saying, I think, maybe.

Anyway, we can talk golf even if we can’t play, and nothing warms the golfer’s heart like programs to get young people growing in the game. Here’s what’s happening for the kiddos this spring and summer:

-Lincoln City Golf is offering more opportunities for young golfers, and really young golfers, with the Itty Bitty Golf Clinics at the Ager Golf and Learning Center. The Itty Bitty clinics are for the pre-school and kindergarten crowd.

“They will learn the game using golf and near-golf equipment designed specifically for them,” said Lincoln city pro Joe Canny. “Also new is the Teen League for aspiring and current high school golfers. Teens will play in a weekly league with a teammate that rotates around the four 18-hole Lincoln city courses.”

All of the city courses have junior golf programs, so visit www.LincolnCityGolf.org for more information.

-Erlandson said the Woodland Hills Junior Golf School starts in June.

“We will also be offering a few family golf days throughout the season to help everyone in the family enjoy the game more,” he said.

Details can be found at woodlandhillsgolf.com.

-And Wilderness Ridge has a Pee Wee Golf Camp for the under-6 crowd with sessions in late May and late June, along with a Girls Only program in July.

Check out www.wildernessridgegolf.com for more information.

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John Mabry can be reached in the nearest snow bunker or at johnmabry47@gmail.com


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Mark Schwaninger is L magazine and Neighborhood Extra editor.

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