Junior Golf Director – Harold Fields
The Desert Mashie Golf Club (DMGC) Junior Golf Program is a year-round program that meets approximately every other weekend during the year. January is designated as the beginning of the year at which time the program recruits and takes in beginners. The junior program tries to maintain a membership of 30. The roster is made up of new boys and girls as well as returning juniors. Juniors are categorized as either beginners, intermediate or advanced.
For beginners a four week clinic is arranged with the head professional. During this clinic beginners are taught the grip, full swing, rules, etiquette, and the do’s and don’t of an elementary golfer. Clubs are provided to those who need them either through donations or purchases.
During the regular bi-weekly sessions, juniors meet and practice at the driving range, pitching/chipping area and putting green. Volunteers made up of parents and members from Desert Mashie provide instructions to all of the youngsters.
After a warm up period, intermediate and advanced juniors will play as many holes as daylight will permit. Juniors are encouraged to practice on their own between sessions and the parents are urged to ensure that the youngsters do practice on their own.
In March of each year the Desert Mashie Spring Break Tournament, run by the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA), is held. The tournament is played during a two day period at Encanto Park Golf Courses. As summer approaches, the goal is to get our intermediate and advanced junior golfers ready for summer competition. Several of our players play on their respective high school golf teams and we encourage them to play in as many summer events as possible. In the July/August time frame juniors get ready for the annual trip to Western States Junior Championships. This event is held in one of seven WSGA member states. The tournament was hosted by Desert Mashie Golf Club here in Phoenix in 2007 and 2012. Desert Mashie Golf Club will host the tournament again in 2016.
The founding fathers of the Desert Mashie Golf Club included Dr. Thomas A Crump, Aubrey C. Aldridge, Earl Le Near, Ernest S. Bartlett, Dr. Lowell C. Wormley, Curtis Ramsey, James “Doc” Earl, William “Robbie’ Robinson, Ray Mercado and Densil Purdue. This group had the foresight and perseverance to overcome the odds of years and years of racial discrimination to foster their love of golf and in turn, dedicate a portion of their lives to help introduce the sport to youngsters of all ages.
The Club conducts a program for juniors (ages 7 to 17) designed to teach youngsters the value of fellowship, self-esteem, education and family. The vehicle for these life experiences is golf. The Club theory supports the notion that discipline required to play is an excellent vehicle to train young minds to make correct choices in life.
The Desert Mashie Golf Club Junior Golf Program is a year round program that meets twice each month. For beginners a four week clinic is arranged with a golf professional at which time they learn the grip, full swing, rules, etiquette, and do’s and don’t of an elementary golfer.
During regular sessions, juniors begin practice on the driving range. Volunteers made up of parents and members of the golf club give instruction. If there are not enough spots on the range, the juniors are then divided into groups, i.e., full swing, putting, chipping and pitching.