CMS Physical Education Department
Offers Golf Training
The Camden Middle School Physical Education Department, in collaboration with the CCHS Golf Team, has introduced golf as a P.E. unit for the 8th grade female students. Parents, teachers, BOE staff, and members of the community donated 25 golf bags, over 350 golf clubs, tees, golf balls, and practice balls to help kick-start this program. Habitat for Humanity also donated several bags and clubs to the program.
Mr. Sanford Stewart, Varsity Golf Coach at CCHS, and members of the 2014 Golf Team delivered training to the P.E. Staff. Mr. Stewart also created a small golf booklet for dissemination to the CMS students as they worked on their golf skills. The booklet, “Quit Golfing Around and Score,” offers tips on the pre-shot routine, grip, stance, ball placement, posture, and alignment. CCHS Golf Team members Hunter Carter, Mitch Wagner, and Erick Huppmann, provided recommendations to the P.E. Staff on these topics during the initial training. The team members also taught the staff specific practice routines and games the students can use to improve their skills.
Mr. Bishop Braddock and Mrs. Danielle Sopp put together the golf unit after the initial training by Mr. Stewart. Mr. Bishop Braddock started the initial golf unit on April 7th with the 8th grade girls. The golf instruction began with the teaching of the proper golf grip, the different types of clubs to be used, and the use of the sand wedge and the 9-iron. The students were paired up with their own clubs and practiced chipping rubber golf balls into hula hoops placed 20 yards away. For many of the students this was the first time they were introduced to the sport or swung a golf club. Mr. Kevin Roberts, Mr. Richard Howard, Mr. Mark Durham, and Officer Mark Bartimus stopped out on the first day to help provide additional tips to the students.
The 2-week unit will introduce the rules of golf and the scoring system used. The program hopes to expand next year to include trips to local driving ranges and guest instructors to teach more advanced skills. The P.E. Department is looking forward to working with the local golf instructors to expand the program and to offer our female students the opportunity to hone their skills, possibly try out for the CCHS golf team, and inspire a love of the sport within our female students.