Sept. 30, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee women's golf team worked on a different part of its game over the weekend. The Lady Vols hosted a free women's and girls' golf clinic on Sunday at the Mack and Jonnie Day Golf Practice Facility.
"We started this about five years ago, wanting to give back to the community and girls in the area so we decided to do a free golf clinic," head coach Judi Pavon said. "It's really good for our girls to get out here and interact and help out. They all are pretty good instructors so it has been really beneficial for the kids. Everyone gets some one-on-one time to meet the players so they get to know them personally."
The clinic ran from 3-5 p.m. ET, and featured four different stations (chipping, putting, driving, and rules and etiquette) taught by members of the team. The Sunday afternoon event drew a crowd of over 50 participants.
"I always look forward to the clinic every fall," senior Chessey Thomas said. "It's fun being able to help and encourage young girls who want to play and improve their games to reach whatever level they strive to reach."
The event was a huge success. Participants were able to interact with the Lady Vols, get their autographs, and even hang out with their favorite collegiate mascot Smokey.
"I think it's so important to give back in any way possible," junior AJ Newell said. "We are so lucky to have the opportunity to be here at Tennessee and if we can help other girls realize that they can someday do this it would be great. Golf has given me so many opportunities and I want to do anything to help other girls start playing the game. The turnout was awesome this year and it was a ton of fun working with the girls."
Each of the aforementioned clinic stations were designated by color. The first three coincided with the Lady Vol colors (orange, white and blue) while the final color Teal represented the fight against ovarian cancer.
"Our tournament is usually in October, but this year it is in September. This month is ovarian cancer awareness month," Pavon said. "I have a friend, the Auburn women's golf coach (Kim Evans) who is battling ovarian cancer. So we felt like tying it in would help promote a little bit of awareness for ovarian cancer."
Coach Pavon and the players said they are already looking forward to next year's clinic. Up next for the Lady Vols will be the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas on Sunday, October 13. Fans can continue to keep up with the team by following @LadyVol_Golf on Twitter.