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Steamboat Golf Club to begin clinics for young golfers

Luke Graham

— The Steamboat Golf Club is introducing its 2010 Junior Golf Instructional Clinics designed for young golfers of all abilities.

The clinics will be taught by certified golf instructor and Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson.

"We don't have a PGA professional here to do quality youth clinics," said Wayne GarĀ­rison, course manager of the nine-hole facility west of Steamboat Springs. "We thought Steve would be able to do it for us. We're excited about having it."

The first clinic, for beginning golfers, is June 23 and 24. The second clinic, for intermediate players, is July 14 and 15. The final clinic, for advanced golfers, is Aug. 4 and 5. Golfers can sign up for multiple clinics.

The clinics are intended for golfers ages 6 to 16. The classes will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The cost per golfer is $85. Parents can sign their children up at the Steamboat Golf Club or by calling 879-4295.

With the help of the Golf Fundraising Committee and the men's and women's leagues at Steamboat Golf Club, the clinics will have seven new sets of clubs from Cleveland Golf for those who may be interested in playing but don't have clubs.

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The beginners clinics will focus on introducing the game to young players. The intermediate clinics will focus on refining their game, and the advanced clinics will focus more on what it takes to get to the next level of golf.

All clinics will feature on-course work with Dodson.

"The idea is to get a golf club in kids' hands," Dodson said. "What I'll teach has come through my experiences."

Through the mid-1980s and into the early 1990s, the Steamboat Golf Club had one of the better junior programs under Bill Nickey and Dennis Johnson.

In addition to going over the basics of the game, etiquette, learning the rules and playing on course with Dodson, clinics also will take place at Three Quarter Circles Driving Range.

"We're trying to re-create what was established a long time ago," Dodson said. "It's all for the good of the game. I want to give back to the game that gave so much to me."