Local youth selected to attend Kids Golf Foundation event in Sugar Grove, Illinois

October 28, 2011 01:54 PM
LtoR: Lorie Painter and Miranda Wilson
Miranda Wilson, from Galesburg, IL was selected to attend the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois "Thinking Outside the Tee Box" golf outing at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Wilson, 12, is the daughter of Jennifer and Doug Wilson. In order to have a chance to participate in this event, girls are nominated by their local site coordinator. A similar event for boys is held in the spring. Elizabeth Varner, city of Galesburg Recreation Supervisor, nominated Miranda Wilson for this award. "Greg Merrill, Bunker Links Golf Professional, and I both agree that Miranda stood out as a positive example to others by demonstrating respect for golf and her peers. We knew she would benefit from this opportunity based on her desire and enthusiasm to learn more about golf," said Varner.
The Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois hosted the event, which pairs approximately 12 girls from all across the state of Illinois with a female professional from the Chicago area, in a scramble and mentoring activity. Business professionals are selected based on the participant's career interest. Miranda's business professional was Ms. Lorie Painter, a veterinarian at Animal House Veterinary Hospital near Sugar Grove, Illinois. She talked to Miranda about how golf has helped her develop interpersonal relationships, as well as an outlet for physical activity as a young adult.
Each girl received a career handbook, mentor booklet, and a pink fleece along with other items donated by various companies. The career book had career descriptions, degree requirements, and information about resumes, interviewing and more information to help guide them through High School and in their future.
The girls spent the day rotating through various golf activity stations with their business professional. While participating in the scramble and activity stations, Thinking Outside the Tee Box teaches participants that golf can be a vehicle to further their education and career. Preparing for golf by stretching and preparing for a test by studying was given as an example of a needed life skill that can be taught with golf. Also serving as role models and assistants were student athletes from the University of St. Francis Women's Golf Team.
Miranda's grandparents, Jim and Pat LaDuke, and her mother, Jennifer Wilson, attended the event with her. "I think this was a once in a lifetime experience for Miranda and I think this has really given her the inspiration to stick with golf and want to play even more," said her mother, Jennifer Wilson. "It was an excellent experience." As an added bonus, Miranda won a prize for the longest putt at 7 ? foot long, during a 9 hole play.
The Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois offers programs to encourage golf as a lifetime sport, as well as a life skill to develop personal growth and enhance their career choices.
For more information regarding youth golf programs, please contact the city of Galesburg Recreation Division at 309/345-3683 or Bunker Links at 309/344-1818. Bunker Links Golf Course is open until December 15, 2011.
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Contact: Elizabeth Varner, Recreation Supervisor 
Phone: 309/345-3683 


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