“The great thing about the game of golf is that it teaches you life lessons. It teaches you honor, it teaches you integrity,” said Greg Walker. “Which all of us who have children, think that we want that installed in our kids.”
Greg Walker is the Director of Golf Operations for the Peoria Park District. One of his main goals is to help develop youth golfers here in central Illinois. The Park District offers classes to learn the game and has visited local schools to teach the sport.
“Introduce the game to the kids. To here’s how you hold a golf club, here’s how you hit it,” Walker said. “We do so many different fun games with them.”
Growing the game of golf is a breath of fresh air to many seasoned golfers. Seeing the kids with smiles on their faces means everything.
“When you get a golf club in a kids hand, they are gumby. They’re able to do anything whatever you ask them to do,” Walker said. “And it’s the greatest thing in the world when you see a smile on a kids face when they hit a great shot.”
Central Illinois is a great place for a child to learn the game. And if they want to compete, there’s opportunity for that as well. Whether it’s a PGA junior league, or the annual Drive, Chip and Putt local qualifiers at the Peoria Golf Learning Center, which will be held June 15th.
“It is fantastic to have over 250 kids come out,” Walker said. “Just to see the smiles on their faces in a little bit of a competitive enviornment is so cool.”