Love of the game is all it takes for Anthony Carstarphen, assistant golf professional at Stryker Golf Course to get out of bed each morning.
“I get to do what I love everyday and get paid for doing it,” said Carstarphen.
Carstarphen teaches golfing techniques to beginning to experienced players looking to improve their game. He said he takes great pride in teaching the youth in the junior summer golf c linic.
Carstarphen not only emphasizes swing techniques, follow through and the soft swing techniques used for putting, but he turns his lessons into games to keep learning fun for participants.
“I want it to be fun for children,” said Carstarphen. “Instead of them trying to get the ball inside the hole, I just want them to get the ball inside the basket area. That way they’re having fun practicing and don’t necessarily know they’re getting better at golf. They just know this is fun.”
The junior golf clinics are being held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and rotates between Stryker and Ryder Golf courses.
Camp participants first watch videos that teach some of the basic terminology and then break up into groups.
While some clinic participants are new to the game of golf, others are back honing their skills.
“I like playing golf because it’s something I can do
together with my Family,” said Sophie Lewis, 6. “Being here has helped me with my follow through when I swing.”
While the clinics main goal is to
teach basic golf techniques to participants, Carstarphen uses it as an opportunity to build confidence as well as instill a lifelong love of the game.
“What excites me
is to see the player who couldn’t hit the ball at first,” said Carstarphen. “I like seeing the light come on for people. I live for the light bulb. I’m very result oriented and I
want to feel like I’m a making difference. If someone is getting better from the things that I’m teaching them, that gives me fulfillment.
For more information about the
junior golf clinics or other golf opportunities on Fort Bragg, call Ryder Golf Course at 907-4653 or Stryker Golf Course at 396-3980 or visit www. fortbraggmwr. com.