The Jefferson County Junior Golf program is picking up steam, although, there is still room to grow.
Last week marked the season's end of the two-month program in its third year and 23 youths participated this season - the most thus far.
"We focus on fundamentals, courtesy and golf etiquette, and safety of the game," said program coordinator Carl Lindgren. "We had a really good group of kids this year and I think they enjoyed themselves."
Participants met twice weekly for nearly two months at either the Desert Peaks Golf Club or the Willow Creek Driving Range and received instruction and free play for a fee of $25.
"We couldn't do this without the help of Dean Ditmore," Lindgren said. "He let the players have free access to both facilities during the weeks of the program."
Lindgren, along with six-time Desert Peaks Golf Club Men's Association champion Brian Ringering, Madras High School golf coach Spud Miller and Don Gish instructed the kids, and all volunteered their time for the program.
"No one is making a paycheck out here," Lindgren said with a laugh. "All the money we receive goes back to the program and we've been able to buy eight new golf sets for players to use who don't have clubs."
The season concluded July 24 with a mini tournament, followed by a barbecue for youths and their parents.
"We really want to thank Oregon Beef for donating the meat to our barbecue," Lindgren said. "We're building the program, but we'd sure like to see a lot more kids out here."