Stacy Lewis Goes to College Golf Camps™
Junior girl golfers experienced the opportunity of a lifetime at the College Golf Camps™ featuring Stacy Lewis at Banyan Cay Golf Resort in West Palm Beach, Florida, January 16-18, 2016. In the first CGC camp of this kind, Lewis, the 3rd-ranked LPGA player in the world and former University of Arkansas All-American, partnered with College Golf Camps™ to spend MLK 2016 weekend with female junior golfers and their families to talk about golf, college, practice, and just about anything else that came up for discussion. College golf coaches from Division I and Division II schools throughout the nation teamed with Lewis for the event.
In addition to competing in a Callaway Chrome Soft Par 3 Challenge, the juniors were evaluated and instructed by the college coaches over 36-holes, giving each participant 45 holes of competition over the three-day weekend. Interspersed among the rounds of golf were small group sessions, pre-round pep talks, and clinic-type team games hosted by the college golf coaches. Topics ranging from “Life Skills for College Freshman”, “Being the Student in Student-Athlete”, “NCAA Guidelines”, and “College Golf Practice Routines” were covered, in addition to “Playing with Freedom” and “Playing to W.I.N.”.
According to the campers and parents, the three main highlights of the weekend were Lewis’s intimate speaking session with the group, her private on-range clinic, and the closing “Question and Answer” time. On opening night, Lewis addressed the parents and juniors about her junior golf journey, passion for college golf, time on tour, being ranked #1 in the world, her Solheim Cup experiences, and overcoming scoliosis as a child. During the clinic the following day, Lewis entertained the camp by demonstrating her regular practice routine, hitting a variety of shots, and fielding questions from the crowd. The closing Q&A ended with a surprise visit by two of Lewis’s good friends and fellow college standouts, Beth Daniel (Furman) and Meg Mallon (The Ohio State University). All advocates of college golf, Daniel, Mallon, and Lewis garnered 62 LPGA wins, 7 major championships, and 19 Solheim Cups. The trio broached topics ranging from their college choices, professional careers, and junior golf experiences then answered questions at the end. The grand finale included an autograph and photo session with coaches and pros to close out the camp.
Developed in conjunction with NCAA coaches, College Golf Camps™ is a privately operated multi-college junior golf exposure camp opportunity. College Golf Camps™ allows college coaches to instruct, evaluate, clinician, and interact with junior golfers from all over the world. College Golf Camps™’ purpose is to provide an educational opportunity for junior golfers to Learn, Compete, Showcase, Interact and Exposure to College Golf. Junior golfers are able to show off their golf skills and communicate with coaches, face to face, in a relaxed atmosphere. Operating within NCAA guidelines, each event has a select group of major college coaches on hand.
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