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Pro golfer to teach at clinic during break

NATCHEZ — The Thanksgiving break means more than just turkey and cranberry sauce for many children in the Miss-Lou, it is also time to hit the green.

When children are let out of school for the holiday break, there’s not much for many of them to do that doesn’t involve a television.

But Clinic director and Duncan Park Golf Course Superintendent Greg Brooking said he and several golfers came up with a bright idea.

“One of the parents said that during the break, there’s nothing for the kids to do and we thought of the clinic,” Brooking said. “We wanted to give the children of Natchez another recreational opportunity,”

The Norman Puckett Junior Thanksgiving Break Clinic will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 25-26 at Duncan Park.

Children of all ages are invited to participate in the clinic, but children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Brooking said he encourages parents to come and have fun with their children.

“We want to make this a festive event for the children and parents,” he said.

Clubs and balls will be available to those who do not have any, so Brooking said there is no excuse not to see every child that’s interested in golf at the clinic.

“It’ll be a general two-day teaching class (for all kids),” he said. “There’s going to be children that have been playing golf for years, and some that have never played.”

The clinic is free to Natchez youth, and it is sponsored by the Norman Puckett Natchez Junior Golf Fund.

All donations for the advancement of Junior Golf in Natchez are tax deductible and can be made to the donation fund of the Natchez Rec. Dept. under Norman Puckett Jr.

Brooking said the guest speaker at the clinic would be professional golfer John McGough.

McGough has played in six major championships, including two US Opens and two US Senior Opens.

“We are fortunate to have a teacher of John’s caliber in Natchez for the Norman Puckett Jr. Clinic Series,” Brooking said.

McGough will teach several fundamentals of golf, including golf etiquette.

“He’ll teach the fundamentals of golf like the grip, stance, the basic motion of the swing and going over the basics of the green,” Brooking said.

Brooking said he hopes to see several children and parents show up and make the most of their Thanksgiving break.

 

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