Trevan Benson practices his swing while waiting his turn at the tournament. Trevan has been golfing since he was 2 years old. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)
Kids, parents and coaches gathered at the Fossil Island Golf Course for a youth tournament to end the summer youth golf camp.
The youth golf camp at Fossil Island started June 5, and has taken place almost every Monday afternoon since.
Karla Hodge, Celeste Mori and Fossil Island Golf Shop manager Kathy Bettas coached the golf camp.
After letting the kids warm up on the putting green, Hodge and Bettas gathered them to explain the rules of the tournament.
The coaches reminded the young golfers of golf etiquette — for example, not walking in front of another golfers’ shot — and encouraged them to support each other, even if someone made a bad shot during the tournament.
“Take your time on your shots,” Hodge said.“Golf is fun, and as long as you’re having fun, that’s what it’s all about.”
Bettas said this year’s camp has had a mix of beginners and experienced golfers.
“I’ve been doing this golf camp for six years,” Bettas said. “I’ve had some kids that have come back year after year, and it’s great.”
The young golfers kept track of their own scores and carried their clubs most of the time, although the coaches gave them a ride on the golf carts every once in a while.
Winners received prizes at the end of the tournament.
The youth camp tournament winners of the A Flight were Cade Peterson, who shot a 37, in first place; Trevan Benson with a score of 38 in second place; and Jonathan Riley who shot 39 in 3rd place.
In the B Flight, Ragen Bauers came in first with a score of 46 andDylan Peterson claimed second place with a tournament score of 65.
Karla Hodge and Kathy Bettas give the kids the rules of the tournament on the last day of golf camp. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)
Celeste Mori coaches a golf camp participant as she tees off at the camp tournament on Monday, August 7. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Theresa Davis)