PGA program Golf in the Schools introduced at Grand Elk |

PGA program Golf in the Schools introduced at Grand Elk

The Golf in the School program is going strong with over 210 kids in the program representing 6th through 8th grade in Grand County.

Golf in Schools is a national PGA program designed to introduce young students to golf who never had the opportunity to try the game. Mike Ritter, PGA professional at Grand Elk heads up the program at Grand Elk Ranch & Club in Granby with Kyle Beardslee, the assistant golf pro at Grand Elk.

"We received a grant from the PGA to help offset costs associated with bussing student and equipment," said Ritter.

The seventh-graders golfed at Grand Elk last week working on their swing on the course.

Next week the eighth-graders come and play a 9-hole scramble.

While the program ends next week, all students were given a free range pass at Grand Elk for the season.

In its third year, Ritter is seeing student progress in the sport while gaining experience in the program.

"It's about sparking an interest in the game," said Ritter.

"I've loved being involved with the schools. The kids have so much energy and enthusiasm. When they finish a session of hitting the 10 balls, they go racing out to get the balls."

Andy Paugh, PE teacher at East Grand Middle School and Lucy Lozar also helped teach the students. Volunteers that helped included Scott Emery, Dave Freeman, Deb Kohlwey. "They were all such a huge help," Ritter said.

Grand Elk makes the course available at no cost to the student as part of the Golf in Schools program.