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Youngsters learning skills to a lifetime game

Hallie Davis (left) and Payton Davis practice on the Ashton Hills Golf Club driving range after a day of instruction on Thursday. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)

Hallie Davis (left) and Payton Davis practice on the Ashton Hills Golf Club driving range after a day of instruction on Thursday. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)

COVINGTON — For Hallie and Payton Davis, summer is a time to try out new activities. One activity the two are taking part of is finding the enjoyment of being outdoors learning the game of golf.

The Davis girls are taking part in a group class for beginners at Ashton Hills Golf Club. The two-week camp is for younger player as a way to introduce them to the basic skills of the game.

“It’s nothing very heavy, we’re doing two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 9-12 just to get them introduced to it,” Ashton Hills assistant golf pro Chris Carr said. “The kids love it. It’s something to do and it’s a great activity. They learn about sharing, having a good attitude, staying upbeat, rules, safety and all the good things that golf provides for them.”

Even though Carr, an instructor with more than 20 years of teaching experience, is in his second year conducting the kids camp at Ashton Hills, this is the first time the Davis sisters have been a part of it.

“This is our first time and we have loved it. They’ve learned so much about golf safety, golf etiquette and the general fundamentals of the game,” their mother, Katie Davis, said. “They’ve learned so much and it’s something we will continue to do.

“My husband, Jake Davis, plays here and he heard about it. He wanted to get them started enjoying the game like he does. It’s something that he and girls will do.”

While the camp last year was only offered during the summer, Carr suggested that with enough interest they might consider expanding the times it is offered.

“If people want to set up a camp they can call us and we could coordinate and set something up for them,” Carr said. “If they have a small group we do a small groups too. It might be a family that we’ll do a little camp with instead of having more kids involved. We can do a group of as small as three or even do a mini group with two where they come out a couple of days just to get introduced to it.”

For more information, contact Carr or Head Golf Professional Bryan Raines at (770) 385-0064.