The First Nations Golf Association (FNGA) recently held a series of free golf lessons for children of the Navajo Nation, led by FNGA "Player of the Year" and four-time All-American from Cal State, Gene Webster, Jr, and 2006 and 2008 "Player of the Year" and twenty-five year member of the Professional Golf Association, Steve McDonald. This event was held not only to help Navajo kids learn how to keep their elbows and in a enjoy the cluck of a well-struck drive, but also to promote health and wellness, and teach the kids valuable life skills.
Along with being a professional golfer, McDonald serves as the National Native Youth Golf Championships Tournament Director. “The FNGA’s passion for teaching golf and its inherent core values to native youth is reaching reservations all across Indian Country," he said in a press release. Webster, who is a product of the National Native Youth Golf Program, has recently just missed the cut of attaining his PGA Tour Card, and both he and McDonald volunteer their time as instructors at FNGA golf clinics and workshops.
These clinics and workshops have been held on reservations and pueblos all across Indian Country, from Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation, Salt River Pima Nation and Gila River Indian Community in Arizona to the Las Vegas Paiute in Nevada, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Minnesota, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, to name a few.
They have also held the National Native Youth Golf Championships every summer since 2003. They are actively looking for the location of their next Championships, and any Tribe, Pueblo, Indian Community or Nation interested in hosting can reach them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
They are also planning on doubling the number of clinics for 2011, and hope to hold the camp at the same time they always do, the third week of July.