The clinics will run each Monday through June and July for golfers ages 5 through 17. The clinics for ages 5 through 10 will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. and the clinics for the 11 through 17 age group will be from 9:45-11:15 a.m. There will be a tournament for campers who qualify through attendance on Aug. 6. For more information on the Junior Golf Clinic, contact CCC general manager Lamar Mills at 336-3661.
This year, two of last year’s Junior Golf Clinic attendees who went above and beyond what was asked of them by clinic instructors were rewarded with a trip to an even larger learning session.
The two former Ocoee Middle golfers, Tucker Jones and Dylan Lillard, will be attending the Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Academy June 17-21 in Franklin.
“The Bradley County Junior Golf League gets money through The Vinny. It is what helps us be able to do the program and keep it is at no charge. As a part of this year’s program, we received two scholarships to the PGA Junior Academy,” said Mills.
“It’s been about three years since we’ve had any scholarships. It’s a great thing for us and this program to be able to send a couple of kids over there.”
Mills said the fortunate recipients will receive instruction from NCAA Division I coaches as well as PGA professionals in programs designed to promote early success. The Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Academy has provided young up-and-coming golfers with quality instruction since 1973. More than 11,000 youth have been taught by top quality instructors.
“These two young men participated in our clinics last year. They will get to go over June 17-21 at no charge and receive instruction from coaches like Mike Mularkey, from the University of Tennessee, as well as Belmont University’s golf coach,” he said.
Jones, who will be attending Cleveland High School as a freshman in the fall is excited about his trip to the camp and grateful for the opportunity.
“I am very appreciative of the scholarship. I probably would not have been able to go if it wasn’t for the grant. I’ve been playing golf all my life, but I’ve been serious about it since the sixth grade,” said the upcoming Blue Raider.
Jones said he hopes the knowledge gained at the Junior Academy will translate into helping the Cleveland golf team get even better.
“I want to try and make my golf game a little bit better and learn from other people,” he said.
Lillard said he also is thankful for the chance to not only improve his game, but hopefully help his future team at Walker Valley improve also.
“I am also grateful to be going to the golf camp. I wouldn’t have been able to go if I had not gotten the scholarship,” said the future Mustang.
“I want to get better at my golf game and learn from the coaches there,” said the upcoming Mustang. “Hopefully, I will get better and if I get better maybe the team can also.”
Mills said the pair is very deserving of the chance to learn from some of the best instructors in the country.
“They participated last year and attended all of our clinics. Because they were a part of that I am able to give them the opportunity to go over and do this clinic,” he said.
“This is an opportunity for them to further their careers and get some experience going into high school that will help them a lot. They were willing to be here each week and willing to do everything we asked of them. I think going to the clinic will pay dividends for them.”