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April 1, 2015

Golf Range News

Alabama football great Jeremiah Castille was on hand at the Alabaster School Foundation Golf Tournament last month to announce that his hometown was building a new high school. At 384,000 square feet, it will be the second largest high school in the state as it has plans to include a 1,250-seat theater, three gyms, a full track and even a state of the art golf practice facility. “You’ve got a lot of Jeremiahs that will be growing up in Alabaster, and we’ve got a chance to make them a champion,” Castille said. “We will be investing in lives and creating a situation where they can have a dream that their kids can have a better life. It ought to get you stoked.”

A taxi driver in Bremerton, Washington was arrested for keeping a patron in his car for several hours while he stopped to hit balls at a local practice facility. When the golf bug bites…

Sam Burns, an18-year-old golfer from Shreveport, Louisiana, was all over the news last month as he competed in his first PGA Tour event at the Valero Texas Open. Jordan Spieth comparisons ran rampant, and just like Spieth, Burns is a Junior PGA Champion, and they both carded their first PGA Tour start in the state of Texas. The pair played a practice round together prior to the start of the tournament. “He said go out and have some fun, not let all the hype get to you,” Burns said after his round with Spieth. “He’s been through this. He’s young. He knows what it’s like. So I think playing with him was a great person to learn from because he’s already done this.” His mom blogged about the week in the Shreveport Times, including what it was like to see her son on the range next to players he’s long idolized.

We’ve heard the phrase walking in another man’s shoe, but how about walking in another man’s prosthetic leg? Through the PGA HOPE program – which provides military veterans dealing with physical and emotional disabilities adaptive golf instruction so they might enjoy the rewards of the game – more than 20 PGA Professionals from the Metropolitan Section came together to get a better understanding of what injured veterans endure in the golf swing, so they can better teach them the game. Through PGA HOPE, the Met PGA Section is launching their first event at West Point next month.