Young golfers hit the links in Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The first session of the PLAYers program at the First Tee of Richmond has begun. It is a program designed to introduce students to all aspects of golf.

"They will learn full swing,chipping, putting, pitching," said program director Brent Thompson.

Thompson will teach the ins and outs of the game to about 150 students by the end of Spring.

"I love what I do," said Thompson.

Because of his love for his job, his students will possibly learn to love golf.

Trequan Harris McKenzie knows all about that. The 13-year-old hit the links for the first time last year. He was nervous, but he learned a lot.

"You got to be focused to get the ball into the hole. It's peaceful, and it will make the kid peaceful to keep playing it," said McKenzie.

He says that peacefulness brought him back this year. He wants to improve his game, particularly his putting.

Addie Parker says she wants to work on the same thing.

"Because it's one of the things that is the most important in golf, and then it's not my best, and it can really lower my score in the future," said Parker.

Addie has been part of the First Tee of Richmond for about 8 years now, so, at 13-years-old, she is a veteran. Her past experience allows her to see that these newer students are being introduced to more than just a game.

"The First Tee doesn't only help you become a better golfer. It helps you become, like, better at life. It kind of teaches you about how to be a better person, how to have sportsmanship, and how to just kind of interact with other people," said Parker.

This is the reason why Brent Thompson believes the PLAYer program is a hole-in one in the lives of his students.

The First Tee of Richmond and Chesterfield offer various youth programs. Everyone is invited to check them out.

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