PHOENIXVILLE - The Phoenixville Area Police Athletic League (PAL) golf clinics recently completed their 15th year of working with kids at Pickering Valley Golf Club.
Club golf professionals Bobby Bohrer and Joy Thompson instructed the youngsters on the fundamentals of how to play golf, rules interpretation and proper conduct on the course.
PAL executive director Jimmy Deoria is happy about the way the golf aspect of the PAL sports programs have expanded with growing interest in the sport among boys and girls and men and women of all ages.
“We had 14 kids in the PAL program this year,” said Bohrer. “It went well. We ran it for four solid weeks. I definitely see a difference in their play.”
The youngsters went from beginning golfers to those with some developed skills after participating in the clinics.
“I don’t know if they practiced between sessions,” said Bohrer. “But they all got better. They developed a camaraderie. They had their snack and learned about etiquette in a class environment. We had hands-on teaching in the lessons as well as a critique for that particular day.
“We actually start them at 5 or 6 years old and go up to 11 or 12,” said Bohrer. “Most of the kids are in the 5-9 range. It is basically an introduction to golf. It has become very popular. We are going to run it again during the second week of September. Parents asked us to run it again so we will. It will be after the kids get settled back into school and there will still be daylight.”
Bohrer said he applies a numbers limit to the sessions. He will only take 16 or 17 kids at most.
“We turned away about 11 this year,” said Bohrer. “We didn’t have room for them. It is control from a safety standpoint.”