The West Virginia Golf Association is starting from the ground up.
As part of the 2011 season, the WVGA is channeling part of its efforts toward the future of golf. And that means creating interest among the youth ages 6-12.
The Little General Juniors program is designed to introduce and teach the game. Think of it as summer camp. The eight-week program, which begins in June and meets once a week, will start with the basics. From learning how to putt and swing a club to playing a full hole.
Eight regions throughout the state have been selected, including Parkersburg.
"Our selection process was based on population and the interest of people who are in charge," said WVGA director of junior golf Brad Ullman. "We needed people who were willing to put in the time."
This approach is nothing new. A pilot program has received rave reviews in the Charleston area the past two years.
"Basically, this is for kids who have never been on a golf course," Ullman added. "We've learned a lot of things, including how many times someone needs to go to the bathroom."
Other changes in store for 2011, include the inaugural Wendy's Amateur Tour. The WVGA will also implement a new Pace of Play system to help keep rounds under five hours for its championship events.
The Junior Match Play returns to Parkersburg Country Club on May 7-8. That's good news for someone like Parkersburg South's Austin Root and having familiarity with the course. Last year, Root lost in the semifinals 1-up to the eventual champion Brian Anania of Hurricane.
PCC will also play host to the West Virginia Women's Amateur on Aug. 10-12.
"It's great working with Scott Davidson and Parkersburg Country Club because he wants to make sure to promote the area," Ullman said.
A complete list of all WVGA events for 2011 will be released on its website at www.wvga.org in the upcoming weeks. Registration begins in February.
On Tuesday, the Big Reds wrapped up their first championship in three tries at the Jack Stephens Tournament and improved to 8-2 by extending their win streak to four games.
"Being 8-2 is a great New Year's present, but I know and the kids know the road ahead is not easy," DeMoss said. "It's like a snowball effect. We want to make sure we are an avalanche when the timing is right."
It's the Knights from the University of Central Florida, who are under the leadership of former Marshall University head coach Donnie Jones.
Heading into last night's first-round action at the UCF Holiday Classic, the 19th-ranked Knights carried an 11-0 mark. Should they hold serve and capture the tournament title, the Knights would put perfection on the line against none other than Marshall for their Conference USA opener next Wednesday in Orlando.
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