As part of the El Dorado Shootout, Murphy USA hosted a free junior golf clinic Monday at Mystic Creek. The clinic was for children ages 6-18 with professional players from the Symetra Tour offering instruction.
Tournament director Courtney Crotty said 115 children participated in the clinic, which is the largest number they’ve had.
“The level of enthusiasm is very high,” Crotty said. “This is the highest number of children that we’ve had registered. Typically, we have between 60 and 70 kids. This year we have 115.”
Crotty said the children were divided into age groups and rotated through three stations - driving, chipping and putting. Ten professional golfers participated along with several local golfers from both El Dorado Golf & Country Club and Mystic Creek and Kids-N-Golf.
The largest number of children participating ranged from ages 6-10. Crotty said the weather cooperated nicely for the event.
“It has been very nice. It’s quite hot but that doesn’t seem to be bothering the kids,” she said. “They get to spend time with the players and then they get a couple of snacks and water and just an opportunity to have a great time and learn a little bit about golf. We also have one of our featured charities, the Team Corrie Foundation out here telling the kids about what they do in the community.”
The golf tournament has a non-profit gift associated with it. The two charities selected this year were #teamcorrie Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen.
The Junior Clinic was sponsored by United Consulting.
The sixth Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout begins on Friday at Mystic Creek. First tee time will be at 8 a.m.
“Admission is completely free thanks to our friends at First Financial Bank,” said Crotty.