TAMPA Grip. Feet. Posture. Stance. Target.
That's what it takes to master the game of golf and that's what the kids who show up at Westchase Golf Club on Saturdays learn every week. Those five principles make what many people consider the hardest game in the world sound quite simple.
But ask anyone who has ever played the game, it isn't quite that simple. Any golfer who sticks with it for a lifetime may still be trying to shoot their age after they turn 80, but most of the better golfers start off right around the same time they are starting elementary school – if not sooner.
Most young golfers get started by their parents. According to her father Kristian Veghte, 10, the daughter of Westchase Club Pro Richard Veghte, was born to be a golfer.
"My dad got me started when I was about 4,'' Kristian said. "I just kept getting better. It's a hard game, but it's fun.''
Jonathon Montagino helps Richard Veghte run the Saturday morning clinics. He's the one that helps teach the five principles that the kids take to the Westchase aqua range.
"The main thing when they are kids is to just make sure they are having fun,'' Montagino said. "They all want to be perfect the first time they come out, but it's a tough game and they are learning it the right way.''
Kelsey Morrison, 8, who attends every week with her brothers, Gunnar, 8, and Jacob, 5, said she doesn't know how far she wants to go with the game, but she likes her Saturday mornings at Westchase.
"I keep getting better and better,'' Kelsey said. "It just keeps being more fun the better I get. Right now, what I want to do is just hit the ball as far as I can.''
Westchase offers its kids clinic every Saturday at 9 a.m. Call (813) 854-2331.