Local boy participates in Chicago-area golf event

June 22, 2012 04:58 PM
Eleven year old Conner Lozier, East Galesburg, recently participated in a special mentoring event sponsored by the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois. The 4th Annual Other Side Of The Green golf outing was hosted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. During the event, a Chicago-area male business professional is paired with a participant between the age of 11-17 in a scramble and mentoring activity. Mentors go through a screening process and are paired with a participant who has similar aspirations. In addition to golfing with John Petterson, Senior Manager of Motorola, Lozier also had the opportunity to golf a few holes with Chicago Bear's starting kicker Robbie Gould. Throughout the day, the golf mentors endeavor to incorporate a different life skill into both business and golf, such as communication, preparation, and vision.
Lozier, one of 12 youth participating, was selected from a large pool of nominations from youth who participated in the 2011 Hook A Kid On Golf program. Bunker Links has been a site for the program for the last four years and site coordinators Elizabeth Varner, city of Galesburg Recreation Supervisor and Greg Merrill, Bunker Links Golf Professional nominated Lozier.
A similar event for girls will be held in September. The Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois is dedicated to bringing the sport of golf into the lives of children and providing them with opportunities for personal growth and career enhancement. The Foundation offers and supports several junior golf programs that are designed to introduce children typically between the ages of 5 and 17 to the sport of golf, its fundamentals, rules, history, etiquette and more.


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