Galesburg, IL (October 7, 2013) Katelyn Davis was one of the few selected to attend the 2013 Thinking Outside the Tee Box, which was held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois by the Kids Gold Foundation of Illinois.
Greg Merrill, Bunker Links Golf Professional, Elizabeth Varner, City of Galesburg Recreation Supervisor and a Site Coordinator for the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois, and Andy Brackett, Recreation Intern, nominated Katelyn for this award. She participated in the “Hook A Kid on Golf Tee Level Clinic” this past summer with the City of Galesburg and G & M Distributors. “It was agreed that Katelyn Davis showed interest and a strong desire to learn all she could from the program. She was well deserving of this opportunity and we were excited to hear of her selection”, stated Elizabeth Varner.
“Thinking Outside the Tee Box” is a golf mentoring event with pairs a Junior golfer with a Business Professional in a career that they are interested in during a 9-hole scramble. Before beginning the 9-hole scramble, groups visited various activity stations where they had a chance to meet their group members, stretch, and practice putting, chipping, and full swing. Student-athletes from the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Women’s Golf Team led the activity stations and incorporated a different life/business skill with each golf skill, such as communication, preparation, and vision.
The NIU student-athletes also participated in the scramble; which was an added bonus of extra mentorship and playing ability. A member of NIU’s Women’s Golf Team, Taylor Ellet, talked about her experience volunteering for the second year in a row for Thinking Outside The Tee Box. “It is so much fun because I really got to know the participants. This event has a very positive environment. It is also a relaxed environment to play in, compared to what I am used to. It is not about hitting every shot, but about having fun.”
Before the round, participants were given a book of questions to be discussed at each hole. The questions directly correlated to the morning life activity stations, and also provided an opportunity for the participants and business professionals to keep their conversations flowing throughout the round. “Business professionals should be a part of this because everybody deserves to share their experiences with young people. This event is an opportunity to share golf with young people while they are in the process of learning, and golf is a sport you can play for a lifetime,” said Bobbie Cesarek, Business Professional.
Katelyn’s Business Professional was Ms. Petra Steinmetz, a retired Supply Negotiator for BP for many years. They had the opportunity to talk about their lives and the how the value of life skills in the sport of golf can enhance future careers during this mentoring event. The Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois believes these connections are important to illustrate how golf can be linked to life and that all experiences have the potential to learn something new.
After the scramble, participants, family and friends, business professionals, and Site Coordinators were treated to a luncheon. They continued to network and unwind while hearing Kim Kester, Head Coach of NIU’s Women’s Golf Team, share how golf has been her outlet throughout her life and offered her advice to the participants. “Being on the other side of the game, I am not playing that much, but I am giving insight on things I have learned over the years. It is easier not to be great, but go to college, get a degree, and become great. Find your outlet where you can be you.” Participants and business professionals were also presented with a framed group photo to commemorate their involvement in Thinking Outside The Tee Box and to remember their time spent at Rich Harvest Farms.
G & M Distributors, Bunker Links and the City of Galesburg Recreation Division strongly believe that the “Hook a Kid on Golf” program teach life values through the sport of golf. Many lives have already been touched in the Galesburg area through the “Tee Level Clinic” and “Green Level Training” programs. 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 will be open until December 15, 2013.
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Contact: Elizabeth Varner