Geoff Cowles/News Nova Neeld, left, gets some instruction in setting up to hit a golf ball from Irish Hills Pro Billy Barbour during a Junior Golf Camp at the club Tuesday. More than 30 students are participating in the week long camp.

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Nova Neeld, left, gets some instruction in setting up to hit a golf ball from Irish Hills Pro Billy Barbour during a Junior Golf Camp at the club Tuesday. More than 30 students are participating in the weeklong camp. Request this photo

 

Geoff Cowles/News Patrick O’Byrne follows through on a shot during the Irish Hills Junior Golf Camp on Tuesday at the course.

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.”

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Geoff Cowles: 740-397-5333 or gcowles@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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