Discover SW Kansas Class of 2013 Beef Empire Days   BED – Event Coverage 2013 Bridal Show Honor Flight Progress Report 2012 SW Kansas Pro-Am Youth In Excellence View Special Section PDFs
All Classifieds Jobs Real Estate Garage Sales
Southwest Life and Events United Way Fundraising Weather
Local and National Top 10 of 2011 Preps Live SWKPrepZone.com E-Edition
Local and National Top 10 of 2011 Business News E-Edition
Recent Videos Recent Photos Recent Podcasts Podcasts-Talk of the Town

  Add Your Comment | Read (0) Comments

Tulsa's Brooks, others help juniors at Pro-Am youth clinic

Published 8/5/2011 in Pro-Am

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

Ryan Brooks can remember all so well his first introduction to the game of golf.

Buy Photos Here!

1

Laurie Sisk/Telegram Ryan Martin leads a youth clinic on Thursday night at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.

Laurie Sisk/Telegram Ryan Martin leads a youth clinic on Thursday night at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.

The University of Tulsa graduate, and now professional golfer, said he was probably four or five years old when he first grabbed a golf club.

"It was pretty quick for me," Brook said. "I grew up where there were other kids who liked the game, too, so we all just kind of fed off each other. We challenged each other, the competition amongst ourselves really helped."

Brooks, along with fellow Adams Golf Pro Tour Series member Ty Capps, long drive guru Jason Eslinger, and local professionals Cole Wasinger of Buffalo Dunes and Ryan Martin of The Golf Club at Southwind conducted the annual Junior Clinic on Thursday as part of the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am.

Approximately 100 juniors and their parents attended and participated in the nearly hour-long clinic in which the juniors were provided with a long drive exhibition by Eslinger, a Deerfield native, along with specific basic instructions on the key elements of the game — grip, stance and pre-shot routine.

"We just want to teach them the basics that they can take and begin to work on themselves," Brooks said. "These are the things that they can get and use."

Brooks, who attended Red Mountain High School in Mesa, Ariz. but now claims Tulsa as home, said he had an older brother who also played, and indicated the keys to success were much like any other sport — practice, play a lot and have fun.

"If you don't enjoy something, you're not going to go out and practice," Brooks said. "So you've got to create some games for yourself while you're out there practicing."

Brooks received his bachelor's of science degree in finance and said he turned professional right out of college.

It is his first year, though, to play on the Adams Tour.

Of his first venture to Garden City, and initial exposure to Buffalo Dunes and Southwind, Brooks said, "It's one of the best venues I've played so far.

"The courses are in great shape, the layouts are good, it's really a first-class event."

After two rounds, Brooks had rounds of 68-71--139, six shots behind the leaders and tied for 18th.

Add your Comment About This Story

Commenting Rules

The Garden City Telegram reserves the right to delete any comment it deems inappropriate. We encourage visitor comments and ask that you be brief and add something relevant to the conversation. All comments are reviewed (usually within 24 hours or less) before appearing on this website.

Read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use for full details of our policies.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

 

captcha c9467d2c26c34866b803a6e6fafa5bd7

Found 0 comment(s)!