For some, getting into golf is a day out on the course with their dad or mom. For others it’s watching greats like Tiger Woods or Jordan Spieth prowling the perfectly manicured fairways of Augusta National.
But for over 20 years, hundreds of Ardmore golfers have discovered the game through the Maxwell Clubs for Kids Clinic.
On Saturday the clinic meets again, this time with the defending National Champion University of Oklahoma men’s golf team descending upon Lakeview Golf Course to plant seeds for a life on the links with a morning of free instructions, golf clubs, t-shirts and food.
Considering the success of Plainview, Ardmore and other area golf teams which have racked up a bevy of state championships over the years, Bob Bramlett, who’s been involved with the Clubs for Kids since its inception in the 90s, said the impact of the Maxwell foundation can be seen in trophy cases and college scholarships.
“All the schools around here are having success, both boys and girls, at the high school level,” Bramlett said. “All that really happened over the years due to what we’ve done with The Maxwell and the Club for Kids program. We introduce kids and work with all kids in the community and our hope is that we can continue to grow it. It’s just a fantastic day for kids and a fantastic day for the game of golf.”
The clinic is free and the first 200 children to attend the event will receive a free US Kids or Ping golf club, t-shirt, hotdog and drink. And while the day is about kids, Lakeview golf pro Doug Hargis said aspiring golfers of all ages are more than welcome to attend.
“Everybody is welcome, it’s a big deal and the guys from OU, they’re great, seeing them interact and also they really put on a show,” Hargis said. “Ardmore is really blessed to have this event. It’s a unique and special privilege that’s for sure.”
The Sooners men’s golf team is currently ranked No. 6 in the nation and has won its past two tournaments. Bramlett said the kids will get instruction from some of the best golfers in the world at their level.
“These kids are going to see, meet and be taught by some of the best of the best,” Bramlett said. “They’re in the tournament grind right now and it’s a good change of pace for these guys to take a day off, hang out and teach kids.”
The clinic will begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon.
Bramlett said one of the reasons he’s been so involved with the event over the years is the impact the game of golf can make on someone’s life.
“Golf is one of those sports, it’s just you and the golf ball, it teaches integrity, discipline and self confidence,” he said. “It’s one of those sports that grows you up and it’s something you can do for the rest of your life. I love the game. And with The Maxwell and Clubs for Kids, we just want to share it with as many kids as possible.”