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SNAG Golf Hits Sidney Elementary Students


Carla Berg, representing the MSGA, draws for this month's prizes with the help of the second graders at Westside School. MSGA has been conducting its first annual Trip-of-the-Month raffle with a trip as first prize and $200 as second prize. January's trip is to Las Vegas. All proceeds go to support Montana Junior Golf. Tickets for next year's raffle will be available at SCC Pro Shop or by calling Berg at 406-480-1912.

The Top 10 reasons kids should become junior golfers according to Chace Breitmoser on The First Tee are: Wellness for life; Spend time with family; Learn etiquette; Prepare for business; Appreciate diversity; Manage emotions; Have a safe place to play; Practice personal responsibility; Develop lifelong friendships and Enjoy the outdoors.

In an effort to encourage kids to become junior golfers, Sidney Country Club golf professional Ryan Troxel has introduced SNAG (Starting New At Golf) to Sidney students from kindergarten through 3rd grade. "The program is specially designed to help young kids learn the game and enjoy it," Troxel explained. The program has been out about a decade in several areas in the country and has been pretty successful.

SCC golf pro Ryan Troxel helps Mariyah Bauer with her swing.

Troxel received a grant through the Montana State Golf Association to purchase the equipment for Sidney and the surrounding schools. The dollars were not quite enough so he approached the Sidney Elks Lodge about contributing, which they did. Elks member Shandon Erickson contributed the remainder of the funds.

Sidney schools have just started the program and Troxel will be working to get other Richland County schools involved once all the kinks have been worked out.

By getting a taste now of how fun golf can be, kids will be ready to play in the outdoors once summer arrives.


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