Grand Elk Golf gives students a new swing
May 23, 2014
GRANBY — The Grand Elk Golf Club's own Mike Rus, general manager, recently completed a golf instruction for East Grand Middle School students. Rus applied for and received a grant which allowed the students to participate free of cost. Funds for the grant came from sources including the Colorado PGA and the Colorado Golf Association.
Rus gave the students' lessons in the soccer dome, a session at the golf course, and a scramble. In his free three-day instruction, Rus said he taught the students "all different elements of the golf swing." Then, at the session on the golf course, the 7th graders were brought on a field trip to practice newfound skills in stations, including a putting station and chipping station. The 7th graders were also allowed to hit birdy balls at "golfzilla" in an attempt to get the ball into his mouth.
The scramble consisted of groups of four students at a time, 8th graders, playing on the Grand Elk course using a 'best ball' strategy – in which each player would hit the ball and then whoever hit the best 'lie' would then become the new spot from which each player could hit their ball. This way, "each player gets to play the best shot of the group each time," according to Rus.
Rus has been the General Manager of Grand Elk for two seasons, going on his third. New programs for the course include a junior players club program, and if students join, golf at Grand Elk is $10. Rus said he hopes this new program will get the community, "interested in golf as a summer activity."