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05/24/05

Police Teach Lessons On Golf Course

The Gulfport Police Department is introducing "at risk" youngsters to the game of golf. It's a summer program hosted by the Police Athletic League.

Learning the game helps teach children some valuable lessons in life.

The students are young and determined.

Most of the youngsters have never set foot on a golf course. This summer, they're learning the fundamentals.

"Watch your club face. Line it up with the hole," one instructor told the group.

Lessons on the green and tee box involve more than just the game.

Chiron Hosley is with the Gulfport Police Department.

"It's very disciplined. They have to really, really listen. They have to follow instruction. And be focused on what they're doing," he said.

Eleven year old Domonic Smith says it's tougher than it looks. Hitting a good golf shot requires more than simply skill.

"It was pretty tough. Sometimes you get the perfect hit. Then sometimes it just doesn't make it," Smith said.

Rowena Zubieni is an LPGA teaching pro who's helping with instruction.

"You have to have the patience and everything. And that's what we're trying to teach here too, is patience about your shots. You're not always going to hit every shot perfectly. Even I don't," she said.

The game that looks so easy on TV, is anything but.

"It's been difficult. It's not that difficult. But it's kind of difficult. 'Cause I didn't know about golf," Raven Dixon admitted.

But with the proper skills and discipline the children are also learning how rewarding the game can be.

by Steve Phillips

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