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Duncan Park to host golf clinic Monday

NATCHEZ — The Duncan Park Golf Course will host a free golf clinic from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday for children of all ages.

Duncan Park Golf Course Superintendent Greg Brooking said golf pro George Johnson will travel from Baton Rouge to help teach at the clinic. Local golfer Pete Powell and Brooking will also assist in the instructions, which will center on the short game and golf etiquette.

Children can sign up by calling 601-442-5955, and Brooking said there are still slots available for children interested in learning the game.

“So far there’s about 14 signed up, and we’re not limiting (numbers) this year,” Brooking said. “We’re just going to open it up to see how many children come out.”

Previous golf experience is not required, Brooking said, and children do not have to have their own clubs, as the course will provide clubs for right-handers and left-handers. Children younger than 13 must be accompanied by a parent, Brooking said.

Brooking said putting and chipping will be a major focal point of the lessons.

“The motion you make with a putt is a miniature motion of a big golf swing,” Brooking said.

He also said introducing children to the manners of the sport would be stressed.

“It’s a gentleman’s game,” Brooking said. “We’ll talk to them about how we care for the golf course and other people on the course while we’re playing.”