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Brimhall Elementary Hosts Golf in the Schools

February 14, 2017

Brimhall Elementary School became the latest school to host a Golf in the Schools program with the help of local PGA Professional Chad Fuenffinger of Southview Country Club. Chad’s son is a student at Brimhall, so he seized the perfect opportunity to get the school involved with the game of golf.

“When we had originally set up the clinic, I thought it was just going to be a one class type of deal,” said Fuenffinger, who spent three days at the school this past week. “We wanted to make it equal, so we decided to hit every class. Assuming they were present at school, each kid got an opportunity to go through the program.”

There were 700 kids, Kindergarten through Sixth grade, in total that went through the golf-based gym class for three days last week. Each kid rotated through the three stations: full swing, chipping/pitching, and putting—practicing each skill daily.

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It wasn’t all about trying to improve, it was about getting the kids interested in the sport and having fun.

“The principal and teachers were wearing the SNAG suit (pictured above) during the day. The kids were hitting them with the foam balls.” Fuenffinger said with a chuckle.”It’s a great opportunity. You know, this is a very diverse school. We are reaching a large demographic and almost three-quarters of the kids have never touched a club or been around golf.”

Also, making the trip were the inflatable Golfzilla and Hippopotamus.

“They’re very excited to participate and when they see the blow up inflatables they get even more excited,” he added.

The gym teachers have already expressed significant interest in having the golf program return in years to come. The reviews have been amazing as the kids can’t stop raving about the program.

“This is the perfect way to get kids interested in golf,” emphasized Brimhall’s Phy. Ed Teacher Missy Brink. “They see all the fun things—colors, inflatables, equipment—and it gets them interested in something they may not have had interest in otherwise. 700 kids have gotten the opportunity to try golf that would normally never have that chance.”

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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