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Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Summer golfers on course full time this year


Aspiring Pecos golfers got right to work Tuesday morning at the Reeves County Golf Course, during the first day of the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD summer golf program.

“We had more sign up this morning,” said golf coach Tina Doan, who once again is in charge of the program this year. “Right now we’ve got about 50 kids signed up.”

“I’m real pleased with the turnout so far. There are still some signing up, and some will be going on vacation before it’s over and some will be coming back,” she added.

The classes run Monday through Thursday during June, and unlike past years, when part of the summer program was held at the Crockett Middle School football field, Doan said all of the classes will be at the golf course this time around.

“The people at the golf course have been real generous about us using the driving range, and they haven’t been very busy in the mornings, so instead of having it one week here and one week there, we’ll have it out here all the time.”

“I’ve also got two helpers helping me, so we can have them chipping and putting at the same time,” Doan added. Lauren Martinez, who graduated from Pecos High School last year, and Sarah McKinney, who graduated this past Friday, are Doan’s assistants for the summer.

Both were members of the 2003 Pecos Eagles’ golf team that placed second in the Class 3A state golf tournament.

Between that finish and this past season, when the Eagles’ golf team finished third at the Region I-3A Tournament,  Doan was diagnosed with cancer, and has been undergoing treatment, including surgery two weeks ago in Dallas. She said having Martinez and McKinney helping her this summer will also allow the program to continue as normal while she continues her treatments.

“That’s why I have my helpers, because I’m not released yet,” she said. “I have to go back to Dallas every two weeks during the summer, and I didn’t want the program to quit, so that’s why I’ve got my two helpers out here.”

Doan said the largest group of students in the program right now is the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, who practice mid-mornings. “The first and second grade group also had quite a few,” she said.

On Tuesday, the younger golfers were just working at hitting the ball with their irons towards the driving range yard markers. “We’re just going to do this for this week, then we’ll chip and putt for a week, and then we’ll let them go out and play the course to get ready for our little tournament,” Doan said, referring to the tournament held for the golfers on the final two days of the summer program’s season.

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