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.