Meridian Star

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June 4, 2014

Local club provides community with golf events

MERIDIAN — The Downtown Optimist Club of Meridian has been a staple in the community since 1941. Compiled of local businessmen, the DTOC have taken an active approach in promoting and assisting in the playing of youth sports, stretching from Boys Scouts of America, Little League baseball, T-Ball, Youth Soccer, and among others.

Beginning June 17 at Briarwood Golf & Swim Club, the DTOC will further build on its community support with the first of four Junior Golf events slated to be played this month.

“This event creates an avenue for kids that are looking to play some golf,” DTOC board member Daniel Stewart said. “It’s a free event, and we play nine-holes, and we even set the course a little bit shorter for those that may not be suitable for playing an entire full-length course. We just want to expose kids to the game of golf.

“It’s something that we do to help  give back to the community. Our motto is “Friend of Youth.” It’s just one of the things that we enjoy putting on as a club.”

Stewart said the events have enjoyed tremendous success in the past, and the group is looking forward to even greater success in the future.

“We generally have anywhere from 10 to 15 kids each time,” Stewart said. “A lot of times kids will come each of the four days, and sometimes we’ve had up to 20-25 kids attend.”

The events additionally serve as a valuable opportunity for novice golfers to learn the basics of the game.

“Some of the younger children that come, it gives us an opportunity to teach them the basics,” Stewart said. “We get to teach them how to hold a club properly, and how to swing, and maybe start that love of golf at an early age.”

The other three events are scheduled for June 19 at Lakeview Municipal Golf Course, June 24 at Northwood Country Club and June 26 at Briarwood Golf & Swim Club.

“Golf is something that you can play your whole life,” Stewart said. “Also, valuable lessons can be learned from golf, including integrity, honesty, and many more important lessons.

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