Free golf lessons for kids in Lexington, teaches more than the game

NICHOLASVILLE, KY. (WTVQ) – Kids in Lexington had the chance to tee up Monday at Keene Trace Golf Club ahead of the Barbasol Championship later this week.

They’re part of a program called, ‘Do Something Extraordinary’ Golf Club, or DSE, with a mission to introduce kids to the game of golf.

“We get to really help kids be kids, which is sometimes forgotten about when trauma is experienced,” Rueben Watson, program volunteer, said.

It’s something Watson knows about having grown up in foster care until he was eight.

The organization works with foster kids and those from low-income homes.

“There’s a lot of things that happened in my life where I wasn’t able to just smile and have fun,” Watson said.

Now, he works to put smiles on young Kentuckians’ faces whenever he can and Monday was the latest example.

Kids got free golf lessons from professionals through the group, ‘First Tee.’

“To see them go and play with the inflatables and take simple things like put-put and tic-tac-toe and celebrating the minor things in life – it’s always inspiring,” Watson said.

First Tee’s Executive Director Kevin Mims said its mission is about more than learning the game.

“What we’re all about is about character-building for these young people,” Mims said. “If we’re talking about honesty, if we’re talking about confidence, what does that mean to you? Not only on the golf course, but what does honesty mean at home?”

He said golf is the perfect game to help apply these lessons because oftentimes players have to call their own penalties instead of depending on a referee.

“When you’re in business, or you’re in school, I mean, you might cheat on a test. You’re the one that knows that,” Mims said.

He said it’s great to see the joy the game brings to so many kids, and said he’s committed to seeing that continue.

“If somebody does not have the money to come to First Tee, we find a scholarship for them because we don’t want any child left out, Mims said.

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