Fred Alexander Memorial Golf clinic Thursday |

Fred Alexander Memorial Golf clinic Thursday

Chris Freud
Daily file photo Six-year-old Woody Scruggs, from Birmingham, Ala., center, watches his ball skim the rim of hole during a putting class taught by PGA intern Bret Hartman, left in hat, at the 2003 Fred Alexander Memorial Golf Clinic. The 2005 edition of the clinic is Thursday at the Vail Golf Club.

VAIL – Calling all future Retief Goosens.The Fred Alexander Memorial Golf Clinic is coming to the Vail Golf Club Thursday and is free to parents and kids alike.

Unlike previous years, the entire clinic will be at the course. And in another change, this year’s format includes parents and not just the youngsters.”This gives (the parents) an opportunity to be introduced to game, too,” said Shelly Godeken-Wright, the executive director of the Fred and Judy Alexander Foundation. “The whole idea of the family learning together and playing together, in golf’s case, is a great idea. It’s a sport for a lifetime. Anybody can do it. It’s not like going out and playing football.”Participants can register at or do so on Thursday at the course from 7:45-8:45 a.m. The clinic runs from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The event kicks off with a trick-shot show from Kevin Compare.

After that fun, participants will rotate around different stations at Vail’s practice facility. Local PGA pros will be giving lessons in everything from the driving to the short game to sand play and rules.Each participant will get a T-shirt and a fanny pack with goodies including a sleeve of Pinnacle golf balls. Kids without golf equipment will leave with a fitted club, so they can keep practicing after the clinic.

The clinic will be capped by lunch on the driving range.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614, or, Colorado

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