ATLANTA — Georgia governor Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 19 "Girls Golf Day" in Georgia. On that day, the Georgia State Golf Association, Georgia Junior Golf Foundation and Girls Scouts of America are teaming up to provide instructional clinics at eight sites across Georgia.
The clinics are open at no charge to all girls ages 6-17. A variety of activities, including instruction on putting, chipping and long game, will be offered for all skill levels. Girls can bring their own golf clubs, or clubs will be provided as needed. Participants will also have a brief introduction to etiquette and the rules of golf.
"Athletics play an important role in the development of discipline, initiative, confidence and leadership skills," Perdue said. "Involvement in sports provides girls with an opportunity to expand their social worlds as well as develop their emotional and physical well-being."
Allen Peake of Macon, a GSGA volunteer and member of the Georgia House of Representatives, worked with Perdue to produce the proclamation. "I am grateful to Gov. Sonny Perdue for proclaiming Sept. 19 Girls Golf Day in Georgia," Peake said. "We should do everything in our power to encourage girls and young women to discover the joy of playing golf."
Clinics are being held at sites in Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, LaGrange, Macon and Savannah. To register for a clinic, e-mail or call (770) 955-4272 or (800) 949-4742 with the following information by Sept. 16:
• Girl’s name
• E-mail address
• Site selection
• If golf clubs are needed
"My hope is that this day will spark interest among young women, like my 14-year-old daughter, that will grow into a lifelong passion of playing, and competing, in the wonderful sport of golf," Peake said.