The eighth annual Super Girls Golf Day showed girls’ junior golf to be thriving in Tucson, with 55 young ladies and area pros and volunteers filling up the range at Randolph Park Nov. 8.
“We’re introducing golf to the girls and emphasizing making it fun for them,” said Rose Nehring, site director and event organizer.
The three hours of free instruction was provided by the Tucson Girls Golf Club, with the girls rotating through six stations ranging from the full swing, chipping, putting, golf fitness and nutrition and more.
“Most of the girls came from our program,” Nehring said. “We advertised, sent out flyers, put it up on our website and had others come in from all over Tucson.”
“We have girls ages seven to 17, numerous volunteers from the club and eight area pros helping out from courses all around Tucson,” said Pam Drake, teaching pro at Rolling Hills and director of instruction for the club said.
The University of Arizona women’s golf team also contributed time to help out the youngsters.
“They did a demonstration, inspired the girls and hung around to talk to the older girls,” Drake said.
Many of the girls were attending the clinic for their second, third or fourth time, having participated for numerous years.
“They look forward to it every year because they know it’s lots of fun and they have a good time with their friends,” Nehring said.
The Tucson Girls Golf Club works with the young ladies year-round.
“We have two events a month,” Nehring said. “We’ll take them out on the course, talk about etiquette, pace of play on the course and other issues. “
“Our third event is usually a clinic. We go to facilities throughout the Tucson area and have lots of volunteers who help out.”
Beginners to area high school golfers benefit from the club and the day at Randolph.
“A lot of them in our first couple of clinics were beginners,” Drake said. “Today we have more mid-range and advanced players, so it’s a wide variety. It’s a great way for them to get started and enjoy the game.”