Got a potential Stacy Lewis on your hands? Is your daughter or granddaughter interested in the game or would you like them to be?
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf offers some great programming at a very reasonable price.
The kickoff event for this year's LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Birmingham season will be held THIS Sunday, March 24 in the clubhouse at Oxmoor Valley, beginning at 2:30 pm. The event is free and will serve as an introduction to a series of weekly instructional clinics to be led by Neil Thompson, Director of Instruction of the Academy of Golf at Oxmoor Valley.
For those girls who need to be fitted for clubs or want to make sure their clubs fit them correctly this will be available right after the kickoff, with U.S. Kids Golf, a leading manufacturer of golf clubs for children, clubs available to try out and purchase at a discounted price.
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is for all girls, ages 7-17, interested in golf. Clinics will be on Mondays at Oxmoor starting March 25 and ending June 24. It is a well-established and respected program; one that has been running nationwide and in the Birmingham area for many years.
The girls will be split into two groups, with the more advanced players meeting from 5-6, and the beginners and intermediate players from 6-7.
The Ladies Birmingham Golf Association and the Executive Women's Golf Association are two of the driving forces behind the program. The Lady Legacy Scholarship Foundation also provides some funding.
Also included in the program are some competitive play days at local courses. These are May 30 at Mountain Brook Club; June 3 at Grayson Valley CC; June 12 at Vestavia CC; June 20 at Altadena Valley CC; June 25 at Shoal Creek Par 3; June 27 at Greystone Golf Club & Country Club; and the championship and awards luncheon July 9 at Eagle Point Golf Club.
The cost for all this golf -- instruction and play -- is an amazingly-low $85.
The Birmingham program is one of over 250 across the country. There are now over 8,000 members in over 250 sites across the United States, including seven in the state of Alabama: Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Prattville, Scottsboro and Tuscaloosa.
I remember the days when there was just the Birmingham site, so it is superb to see the growth of this program across the state.
A real thrill for the program occurred in 2011 when LPGA star Morgan Pressel visited the girls. She spent two hours encouraging them and offering one-on-one tips thus providing for a lifetime memory for all in attendance.
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