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PGA Professional Jordan Young instructed one youngster on the intricacies of putting. (Photo: The PGA of America) 

Youths receive expert lessons from Michigan PGA Professionals

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More than 250 junior boys and girls from southeast Michigan learned about the game as part of the PGA Community Relations Youth Golf Clinic at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

More than 250 junior boys and girls from southeast Michigan, representing six charitable organizations, received expert instruction for three hours from 22 Michigan PGA Professionals as part of the PGA Community Relations Youth Golf Clinic at Oakland University Golf and Learning Center in Rochester, Mich.

The standing-room only crowd at the Youth Clinic was also treated to PGA Honorary Member Dennis Walters, a nationally-renowned trick shot artist and the 2008 PGA Distinguished Service Award recipient. Though a paraplegic, Walters continued to showcase his amazing ability to hit balls in any direction and distance with ease.

In addition, the participants in the clinic were given instruction at four individual stations: full-swing, short game, putting and etiquette.

Michigan PGA Section President Dave Kendall, a head Professional at Kendall Academy of Golf in Ypsilanti, Mich., said that he was proud to be a part of this year's clinic.

"What a privilege it was to have the Youth Clinic here in Michigan at the PGA Championship," said Kendall. "Once in a generation we get to host something like this event. PGA Professionals are in this profession because of there love of the game and wanting to share that with others."

PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb was a guest speaker at the clinic.

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"This is a special day and demonstrates that The PGA of America is just as interested in growing the game of golf at the grass roots level as we are to providing an arena for the best players in the world the ability to play on the best golf courses for the PGA Championship," said Whitcomb. "The PGA Professional is the best teacher in the world and they are giving expert instruction to each child here, and I am so proud of that."

One of the six groups represented at the youth clinic was the Hollywood Golf Institute of Detroit, which introduces urban minority youth to the sport of golf and to discipline, patience, goal setting, communication and networking with fellow golfers. Selina Johnson, founder and CEO, was impressed with how the event was run and the impact it had on her children.

"It is a complement to come out to such a well-structured event," said Thompson. "The PGA Professional is top of the line and to have the children taught by these individuals is a real plus."

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