After participating in a program focused on teaching girls the game of golf, seven Girl Scouts were surprised with new golf clubs and a golf bag at Anaconda Hills in Great Falls on Monday, August 29, as part of the “Clubs Fore Girls” program.
Clubs Fore Girls is sponsored by professional Golf Player Inbee Park, who donated $50,000 to the LPGA to help put golf clubs in the hands of girls that participate in LPGA Girls Golf programs around the United States. Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming, in partnership with the Great Falls Parks and Recreation, coordinated the donation as part of the Great Falls Girls Golf program.
For the past six years, Lynette Robbins, Program Specialist with Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming and LPGA Connie Cramer Caouette with the Great Falls Parks and Recreation Department have facilitated the ten-day program, taking place each July. The program teaches girls about the game of golf, with lessons focused on putting, chipping, full swing, rules, careers in the golf industry, golf etiquette and more.
This year’s Girls Golf program had more than 100 participants, and several high school golfers attended as mentors to work with the younger girls.
The seven Girl Scouts–Bridget, Maddie, Morgan, Brooklyn, Kelli, Josette, and Aiyana–were nominated for Clubs Fore Girls in part due to perfect attendance, showing a strong desire to play golf, and not having their own set of clubs. In addition to new clubs and golf bag, the girls were presented a $20 gift card.
“The girl’s smiles showed how excited they were to receive new clubs to play golf,” Robbins said. According to Robbins, all seven girls were looking forward to next year’s Girls Golf program and definitely would be attending.
For more information on the Girls Golf program, call Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming at 800-73-5243, and visit the website at www.gsmw.org/calendar/events/ for upcoming Girl Scout programs.