Kids Learn the Game of Golf at Rush Creek Golf Club
Jun 23, 2017 06:01AM ● Published by Doug Erlien
The Junior Program at Rush Creek Golf Club gives kids of all ages the opportunity to learn the game. Photo by: Doug Erlien Maple Grove Voice
“It’s incredible the smiles, the energy level. It keeps me young. I’ve been doing this a little over 20 years. When we started we didn’t teach kids at this young of an age and we were missing the boat there,” PGA Teaching Professional Charlie Levis said. “I think they can learn at the same pace as the older kids if we teach them the right things physically. It’s pretty easy to teach them to hit golf balls and have a good time.”
Rush Creek has had its share of success stories of junior players that have worked their way through the ranks and have found success. Maple Grove’s Sarah Burnham, who played her high school golf at Wayzata, led the Trojans to the MSHSL Class AAA state championship in 2013 and captured the 2013 individual class AAA state title with a 6-under 140 as a junior. During the summer, Burnham works on her game at her home course and loves the opportunity Rush Creek gives the younger kids.
“It’s really cool to see the little kids enjoy it and they make it really fun here at Rush Creek,” Burnham said. “When I was young, they didn’t have all the programs like this. It’s really cool to get little kids involved in the game.”
For PGA Director of Instruction Aaron Jacobson, watching the progress of kids in the program is fun to watch.
“It’s a blast for me to see especially when they are young,” Jacobson said. “To finally hit that first shot that goes in the air, to learn how to hold the clubs, stand, that stuff.”
Burnham, the Big Ten Conference player of the year, started playing at Rush Creek with her father. Although it took a while to fall in love with the game, she began to hit better shots and make more putts and by her seventh-grade year, began to blossom.
“Golf can be frustrating sometimes, but if you keep trying and trying until you get it you are going to realize how hard work really pays off and how fun it feels when it does pay off,” Burnham said.
For more information on Rush Creek Junior Summer Camps, click here.