Win McMurry to Judge Little Linksters Video Contest

Know a junior golfer with a great golf swing? Golf celebrities such as Win McMurry and Jim McLean are looking for the world’s best youth golf swing. The winners will win some great prizes in the Little Linksters Best Pee-Wee Golf Swing in America Video contest.

It’s simple to enter, just grab your video camera capture your junior golfer’s swing. Be sure your video includes two swings from down the line (behind golfer, looking at target), two swings from Face-On (looking at golfer from side). Then upload your video to either YouTube or Vimeo and paste video link onto sign up form at the Little Linksters website. Contest registration is open between December 1st and January 15th, 2012.

The contest will include three age categories: 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 years old. Contest entries will be judged by celebrity judges Win McMurry of Golf Channel, golf teaching pro JimMcLean, Lexi Thompson of the LPGA and Kelly Sheehan of The Big Break. Winners will be announced at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show.

Current prizes include:

  • The Littlest Golfer apparel and “First Set” golf clubs
  • U.S. Kids Golf Full set of clubs and accessories
  • EyeLine Golf training aids package
  • Golfer’s Footprint
  • MoRodz alignment rods
  • Almost Golf play anywhere pack
  • Golf Coach Direct online lessons
  • Little Linksters coloring book and prize pack

Rhode Island Course Provides Role Model for Golf

BUTTON HOLEDespite lower participation numbers across the board, there are still some success stories when it comes to introducing the game to kids. One such project is the Button Hole Short Course and Teaching Center which has proven to be one of the most successful initiatives in golf.

Located in Rhode Island, this former 26-acre gravel pit on the Providence-Johnston line was launched as part of the “For the Good of the Game” program sponsored by the U.S. Golf Association. When the course celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this summer, it could point to its most obvious successes.

Three of the best teenagers in the state these days –– Samantha Morrell, Juliet Vongphoumy and Jamison Randall –– are Button Hole products. They learned the game at the course and now are piling up high school, college, AJGA, USGA and Junior PGA honors. All have bright futures in the game.

“I think we’re still growing as a community resource,” said David Hanna, Button Hole’s executive director. “We’ve certainly turned the corner with the school systems and the community agencies. We’re still reaching out.”

For the people at Button Hole, having such successful representatives is merely a bonus. The goal behind the program extends far beyond producing champions.

“We teach life lessons,” Hanna said. “We provide an opportunity for youngsters to learn the core values that are part of golf.”

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GolfAid Interview Series: Henry Brunton

The GolfAid Interview Series continues with author Henry Brunton.

Journey to Excellence: The Young Golfer’s Complete Guide to Achievement and Personal Growth is designed to help aspiring young golfers maximize their potential, on and off the course. Based on the insights of one of the world’s hottest up-and-coming golf instructors Henry Brunton–Canada’s National Men’s Team coach, the first Canadian recognized by GOLF Magazine as one of the game’s Top 100 Teachers and a widely-acknowledged expert in developing elite players–Journey to Excellence provides a detailed, step-by-step path by which those who have the will can find the way to reach their goals.