Teeing off – Incentives for kids

By Todd Cohen

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Two golf professionals have created a foundation to help youngsters, particularly those who otherwise could not afford it, get involved in the game.

Created by Robert Linville, co-owner of Triad Golf Center in Greensboro, and Chris Haarlow, an instructor at the center, the Triad Youth Golf Foundation has received startup grants of $80,000 from the United States Golf Association and $10,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

Kids participating in the program can earn rewards, including their own set of golf clubs.

The foundation hopes to help youngsters get internships working at local golf courses.

“What we’re hoping to do is have kids turn towards playing golf” as a pursuit that offers values they can throughout their lives.

The foundation, which began its programs in July, already has involved more than 200 children through local groups, including the Hayes-Taylor YMCA in Greensboro, YWCA of Greensboro, Boys & Girls Clubs in Greensboro and High Point, Big Brothers & Big Sisters in High Point and Greensboro and area churches.

For information, call 336-852-2155.

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