It is not uncommon to see area golf courses busy with younger duffers this time of the year. The summer months are active for programs like the Junior Development Series at Comanche Trails Golf Complex in Amarillo.
"We reach out, in an affordable way, to young golfers," said series instructor David Kinney. "We try to encourage kids to get involved early with the game and, of course, we have a lot of fun teaching them the fundamentals."
The Comanche Trails Golf Complex has a month remaining in a development program for golfers between the ages of six and 16. Kinney said one of the biggest reasons they have remained busy this summer with their development series has been the price. Program officials believe they have remained busy this summer teaching young golfers for various reasons, including what they believe to be a cost saving price of 10 dollars per lesson.
Kinney suggested two of the program's top young golfers compete against me in a Pitt's Sports Challenge. I agreed to meet ten year old Dillon Evans and nine year old Ethan Richardson for a two event sports challenge.
"I think we have a good chance of winning this," said Evans. "As long as we concentrate, I think we'll be alright."
The sports challenge consisted of chipping and putting. Dillon and Ethan used the best-ball format, while I had only one shot per event. The young golfing duo did well in the chipping contest by beating me with a shot from 30 feet that landed only 3 feet from the hole. The challenge had no need for an additional event when Dillon's putt stopped a foot and a half from the cup. My putt rolled three feet past the hole giving Dillon and Ethan the Pitt's Sports Challenge win.
"I've already learned a lot golfing here this summer," said Richardson. "I guess it helped today with our challenge."