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Silva hopes to increase enrollment
Ceres youth Andrew Flores works on his swing with assistance from River Oaks Jr. Golf Program volunteer instructor Robert Schmidt. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Fewer than 70 boys and girls, aged 5-17, signed up for the second session of classes offered through the 20th Annual River Oaks Junior Golf Program.

Volunteers provided instruction to 83 people during the first session.

"The last couple of years we've had 275-300 total for the whole program," said Greg Silva, co-founder/veteran teaching pro. "We got to do a better job promoting next year. We'll figure out how we can get the numbers up."

The first session was staged, June 10 to July 2. The second session will run, July 8-30.

Cost is $30 for So You Are New To Golf (SNAG) participants. Youngsters (5-7) use lightweight golf clubs with over-sized heads and larger golf balls. They focus on coordination, balance and accuracy during Tuesday and Thursday night classes.

Cost is $45 for beginners, which pays for seven one-hour classes and free range balls Monday through Friday.

Cost is $65 for intermediates, which includes seven lessons, range balls and free play on the front nine.

Cost is $85 for advanced (seven lessons, range balls and access to all 18 holes).

Signup fees were lowered for beginner, intermediate and advanced players by $5, $10 and $15, respectively.

Class sizes are being limited to 12 students.

The River Oaks Jr. Golf Program year-end tournament will held, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Aug. 1.

"Hopefully, the numbers will go up next year," Silva said. "We just have to let more people know it's going on. We still believe we have the best program around."