Junior camp instilling love for golf in area youths
MOUNT VERNON — Billy Barbour is on a mission to help grow the game of golf. Barbour, the pro at Irish Hills, wants to instill his love for the game in area youngsters.
In this day of electronic gadgets, selling kids on a slow-paced and technically-challenging sport like golf would seem like a tall order, but Barbour is getting more and more 21st Century kids excited about the 15th Century sport. This week, Barbour is holding a youth golfing camp at Irish Hills for kids of different skill levels, right down to the youngest beginners.
“We love to see the game grow,” Barbour said. “When I was down at our PGA School, they said that golf is in a unique place. This is the first time in over a hundred years that we actually have to grow the game. This is the future, and when we can get these kids and instill in them a love of the game and give them a solid foundation, they’ll have a game they can play for a lifetime.”