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Area Golf: Spotlight on junior golf at Cragun's

Junior Golf Kickoff When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17 Where: Cragun's Legacy Courses What: An introduction to junior golf options provided by Cragun's staff Who: Players ages 5 to 18 Saturday will be all about juniors at Cragun's Legacy Courses.

Chris Foley
Chris Foley

Junior Golf Kickoff

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17

Where: Cragun's Legacy Courses

What: An introduction to junior golf options provided by Cragun's staff

Who: Players ages 5 to 18

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Saturday will be all about juniors at Cragun's Legacy Courses.

Junior golfers and their parents can learn about all the different programs and opportunities to improve, play and compete in golf this summer during Cragun's Junior Golf Kickoff Day.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Legacy staff members will be available to talk about Cragun's four level program, the U.S. Junior National Team, the PGA Junior League, which is new this year, and the popular Pepsi Lakes Cup.

"More than anything this was just a way to promote our junior program and all the other junior programs that are going on this summer," said PGA professional Chris Foley. "From the Lakes Cup to the PGA Junior League, which Cragun's, Madden's, Grand View, Whitefish and Breezy Point are all participating. It's a team golf deal. We'll be talking about all the programs."

All of Cragun's junior programs will begin in the second week of June and are led by Foley, a PGA Master Teaching Professional and owner of the Chris Foley Golf Schools located at Cragun's.

Cragun's four levels include an introduction to the game through the Starting New At Golf (SNAG) golf program. This level is optimal for players ages 5-7.

The next level is the Development I for ages 6-10. At this level, players will learn key game fundamentals, develop athletic skills and work on golf movements and overall sports skills.

For players ages 10-14 there is the Development II level. Here players will focus on playing and enhancing scoring skills, while building competitive golf experience.

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For advanced players Cragun's offers the Future Stars/Pre Elite program, which are individual one-on-one instruction with supervised practice sessions.

"We're also putting together some playing opportunities specifically for girls," said Foley. "We're looking at the middle school- to high school-aged girls in the area. It's just an organized play day that we're still working on details for. We'll do it one morning a week and it will be organized, but low pressure. The point is to get girls out playing."

Interested players can also bring in their old junior sets and swap them for new or pre-owned equipment that better fits the player.

Parents and their juniors can also play golf or foot golf on the Legacy Par 3 Course for $5 per person. The cost includes rental equipment or soccer balls.

"Juniors can use the range and we'll be doing club fittings as well for new sets," said Foley said, who added that the event will happen rain or shine.

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at 855-5856 or jeremy.millsop@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop .

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