LPN Junior Golf School Marks 22nd Anniversary

Gary Babcock, LPN head golf professional, assisted by his son Will, talked with junior golfers about the basics of putting. Michael Kleinwolterink, LPN pro shop manager, coordinated the 2019 LPN junior golf school. Here he works with participants on the driving range. David Van Ahn, who coaches the Panorama High School boys’ golf team, helped junior golfers practice their chipping. Junior golfers lined up on the Panorama West third tee box to take their turn hitting to the green during the school’s final day. Will Babcock, who recently completed two years as a member of the Kirkwood Community College golf team, worked with some of the youngest golf school participants on the final day at Panorama West. Assisting was Sam Lockhart, who also was a member of the Kirkwood golf team. On the final day of the LPN junior golf school, the students played a few holes at Panorama West, enjoyed a pizza party, and received gift bags made possible by school sponsors.
By Susan Thompson 
 
The Lake Panorama National Junior Golf School marked its 22nd anniversary this year. Young people ages 5 to 17 are eligible to attend the school, which took place each Wednesday morning in June. There were 42 participants this year. During the school, juniors learn full swing, pitching, chipping and putting fundamentals along with golf etiquette and rules of golf. Participants are divided into three age groups, and rotate between the putting green, chipping area and driving range. At the end of the hour, the juniors head to Spikes to choose a free drink. 
 
The school was led by Michael Kleinwolterink, LPN pro shop manager. Assisting were Gary Babcock, LPN head golf professional, plus several current and past players from the Kirkwood Community College golf team and the Panorama High School boys golf team. Also volunteering were David Van Ahn, coach of the Panorama boys golf team, and LPN member Jim Tibbles. 
 
The Junior School has two sponsors that have supported the school for many years — the Lake Panorama Association (LPA) and Guthrie County State Bank (GCSB). 
 
“LPA and LPN are proud to support junior golf,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN director of operations. “We view it as our opportunity to grow the game of golf, which is truly a sport for all ages. There’s nothing better than seeing two or three generations of golfers enjoying our Lake Panorama courses.”
 
“Guthrie County State Bank is proud to continue our investment in the Lake Panorama National Junior Golf Program,” says Mike Underwood, GCSB president and CEO. “Over the years, we've witnessed the commitment of the LPN staff to this program. These dedicated golf professionals and staff ensure the junior golfers not only learn golf technique, but more importantly, they learn course etiquette and the professional demeanor the game of golf requires.  We believe these skills are transferrable to many aspects of life.” 
 
On the last day of the 2019 school, June 26, the juniors played a few holes at the Panorama West golf course, followed by a pizza party and distribution of gift bags. 
 
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