Perkins Brings Golf To A Younger Crowd

Extra Effort: David Perkins

NORMAL, Ill. - This is the year David Perkins is hanging with the kids.

"They do have a lot of options, I felt the same way when I was their age," the Illinois State sophomore golfer said. "Golf is not one of their favorites to pick. I think it should be."

As a standout on the ISU golf team, Perkins spends a lot of time on the course. And this year he's not just working on his game.

The East Peoria native helped start the first ever youth clinic at his home course, Quail Meadows. All summer long he he taught the game of golf to young players.

Some players were as young as four-years-old.

"It's very cool to see kids improve when you're teaching them the right thing," said Perkins. "And they're having fun. That's the main thing."

Perkins knows the national trends about golf. Courses are closing, rounds are down and youth interest appears to be waning.

"Playing golf for ISU is a blessing, I'm very thankful for that," Perkins said. "But being a part of other kids lives, help them learn golf anf teach it. I love doing that. Golf teaches you so many things."

Perkins and his Redbird teammates put on a clinic a couple of weeks ago for youth players.

"I think it's good for these kids, in a small clinic and game to experience what it's like to have your ups and downs," said Perkins. "It's very important as far as growing as a person and as a golfer."

 


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