LPGA Golf Clinic Held at Ka’anapali Golf Courses
4 LPGA Players Treated Maui’s Community to some ‘Tips from the Pros’
(Lahaina, Maui) Beyond the Rainbow Foundation, a not-for-profit entity, hosted a free Golf Clinic with LPGA Members, Mary Bea Porter-King (now with the USGA and HSJGA), Big Break Ka’anapali Winner Kim Welch, Anna Grzebien and Angela Jerman in conjunction with the Aloha Team Classic Event. More than 50 juniors and adults came to watch these four ladies give tips on pre-round routines, club and shot selection and getting over the “1st Tee Jitters”.
“One of the best pieces of advice I can give any golfer is to have a pre-game and a pre-shot routine and stick to it,” said Angela Jerman. She added, “This way, if you get nervous or you find yourself in uncomfortable position, you can revert back to that routine and you’re able to feel comfortable again.”
Anna Grzebien, who is known for being very consistent throughout her round stated, “For every shot I take, I like to visualize the ball flight, commit to the shot and go for it.” Anna added, “If you get up to the ball and start having a conversation with yourself , ‘like maybe I should use a different club or should I move my target a little more,’ step back and refocus – if you aren’t committed to the shot, you have no chance of the ball doing what you want it to do.” Great advice for any golfer.
Ka’anapali’s touring professional and Big Break Ka’anapali Winner, Kim Welch talked about playing in the trade winds, “In Hawaii, I play my shots differently then when I’m in California or on the East Coast.” Welch, who played on the Ladies European Tour this past year adds, “I play a bunt driver a lot in the trades – my routine and my tempo are still the same, but I don’t quite have a full follow-through and this allows me to keep the ball flight lower than my normal drive.”
Mary Bea Porter-King who “played on the LPGA more than the combined years of all three of these young ladies” she said, works through the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association (HSJGA) to help Hawaii’s youth prepare for competitive golf, with the ultimate goal for the kids to enjoy the sport and “give them opportunities for scholarships at the college level” she added.
This is the second year that the Beyond the Rainbow Foundation has hosted the LPGA Golf Clinic as part of its annual four-day Aloha Team Classic golf event in October to raise money for Maui’s youth. Beyond the Rainbow Foundation is an all volunteer organization that is focused on “Helping Maui’s youth realize the promise of their future!” Participants from around the world come to Maui to play in a three day golf tournament, alongside the LPGA Players, enjoy great evening events and experience paradise as only found on Maui. The previous four years generated over $50,000 which was granted through to various non-profit organizations that provide much needed services to support Maui youth.
Two years ago Beyond the Rainbow Foundation began including the LPGA Players in the event, giving participants the opportunity to play alongside these fantastic young ladies.
Ka’anapali Golf Courses has been an active Aloha Team Classic Supporter for four years. Debbi Katz, President of Beyond the Rainbow Foundation, reflected that “Without the support of all our Supporters, it would be impossible to host an event of this magnitude. Ka’anapali Golf Courses are always supportive of activities that benefit Maui’s youth and their enthusiasm for this year’s event and clinic has been fantastic!”
Businesses that would like to support the Beyond the Rainbow Foundation’s efforts to help Maui’s youth should contact the Foundation at 808-665-5815. Beyond the Rainbow Foundation is an all volunteer organization incorporated in the State of Hawaii as a nonprofit corporation and designated a 501(c)(3)public charity by the Internal Revenue Service.