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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Sand Creek Station looks to 'grow the game'

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  • Wondering what type of golf club to use for a certain type of shot? Unsure what it means to be over par or under par? Feel uncomfortable playing even mini golf?
    Chris Tuohey, general manager of Sand Creek Station in Newton, doesn't want newcomers to be intimidated by the game of golf. He's hoping to recruit new players to the game during Player Development Week June 23-27. The golf course is sponsoring free golf clinics during that time.
    Tuohey said the goal of the week is to introduce beginners to the game of golf and to inspire occasional golfers to become more active in the game.
    "The main objective is to get people out here playing golf," he said. "... We have taken a very proactive approach."
    “The potential to become a golfer lies within many people — we just want to help ignite that passion,” said Josh Lesnik, president of KemperSports, which manages Sand Creek Station.
    On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, staff will lead 20 minute free golf clinics starting at 5:30 p.m. at the driving range, offering quick, simple tips for beginning golfers, as well as a time for questions.
    After 5 p.m. during Player Development Week, golfers also can play nine holes of golf for $12, even if they don't attend the clinic.
    Tuohey said playing golf offers benefits such as exercise, peace of mind, and spending time with friends and family. It also gives kids a chance to get outside and stay active.
    Sometimes, player development sessions can feel like "military boot camp," Tuohey said. However, that's not the tone Sand Creek Station wants to have. It is OK to come to the clinics even if you know nothing about the game of golf. The atmosphere will be laid back and low pressure; they are even running a contest on Facebook to see what genre of music to play during the clinics.
    "We want them to feel comfortable and have fun," said Zach Frey, a golf professional with Sand Creek Station.
    Tuohey hopes community members will come out and give the game a try, especially since it gives them a chance to play on a USGA championship course.
    "It's a great opportunity for someone who is considering playing the game of golf to get introduced to it," he said.
    For more information, call Sand Creek Station at 284-6161.
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