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Free junior-adult golf events this weekend at Empire Ranch

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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Will Robins is kicking off the spring golf season with a weekend of fun-filled activities at Empire Ranch Golf Club.

In conjunction with his 10-year anniversary of teaching the game he loves, Robins created the Parent-Junior Spring Kick-Off, to be held Friday through Sunday at Empire Ranch. The events are made for the parent and junior participating together.

“I’ve absolutely enjoyed my 10 years of teaching,” Robins said. “The biggest thing is seeing the impact I’ve had on kids’ lives. I have a picture of some kids I began working with 10 years ago when they were 8 and 9 years old. Now they’re all standout players; phenomenal players who are beating me and earning scholarships to colleges. That’s the best part of it for me.”

The three-day weekend of free parent-junior events begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a putting contest, followed at 6:30 p.m. by a workshop on how to support, coach and mentor your child in the game of golf.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a long drive contest with boys and girls separated into age groups. At 4 p.m., a parent-junior full swing clinic will be held, followed by a parent-junior short game clinic. The evening concludes with a parent and junior “on the course” event with Robins and his coaches, which begins at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, the workshop “Choosing the Right Tournament for your Jr. Golfer” will begin at 2 p.m. The only event of the weekend that is not free is the Parent-Junior Tournament, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

“We just want to say thank you and kick off the golf season with free clinics and show what we have to offer,” Robins said. “It’s a big thank you for the last 10 years. We want to continue to impact lives and help the juniors be champions in golf and in life. This is just a chance to say thank you and get players back into the golf season; a chance to work on your game and have some fun.”

The weekend activities are for kids 5 years old and older. All events are free except for the tournament on Sunday. To RSVP or for more information, go to wrgolf.com or call 596-0001.

“It’s a great way to get out there with your parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles,” Robins said.