SAFFORD — This summer, youths from ages 7 to 17 have several opportunities to learn golf under the expert direction of Mt. Graham Golf Course’s Dominic Curran, and dozens have already taken advantage of the recurring camp.

Golfers learn everything from stance and grip to how to sink a putt and drive a ball. They execute training drills and execute what they’ve learned via interwoven mini competitions for the sheer fun of the sport.

Thatcher High School golfing standout Caleb Scarlett, who is now helping coach and mentor campers, was a dedicated camper from seventh grade through his senior year, and now he has an impressive golfing resume.

Curran said, “We do everything. We go through the fundamentals, address position and posture, chipping and putting, but, more importantly, golf etiquette and some rules. When the juniors complete two sessions and pass our rules and etiquette class, they get free golf and range privileges until next year. It gives them something to do over the summer and throughout the year, and the high schools are making sure their golfers are participating in this program.”

This year has seen higher enrollment than previous camps. The course provides equipment if interested individuals need any.

The camp is $20 per person and is broken into three age groups: 7-9, 10-12 and 13-17. The three sessions, broken into two-hour blocks, are spread out from 7:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There are three sessions left, running from July 8-10, July 15-17 and Aug. 5-7.

For more information, or to register, call the Mt. Graham Golf Club at 928-348-3140.

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