Youth golfers ages 6-17 will have an opportunity to pick up a few tips from one of golf’s all-time greats during The Greenbrier Classic, which will be held July 4-10 on The Old White TPC Course.
Six-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Lee Trevino, The Greenbrier’s Golf Professional Emeritus, will provide two 30-minute Learn with Lee Clinics on each of the seven days of the PGA TOUR FedExCup tournament. Youth 6 to 11 years old can take part in the first session, which will run from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., while youth 12 to 17 years old can participate in the day’s second session, which will run from 11 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Both will be free of charge.
“The youth that are the future of the game have always been a focal point of The Greenbrier Classic,” said Greenbrier Classic chairman and The Greenbrier owner Jim Justice. “But this year we looked at it and said, ‘How can we do even more?’
“Lee Trevino is one of the best to ever play the game, and getting the opportunity to learn from him is an opportunity that can’t be found anywhere else.”
Registration for the clinics will be held each day at the Information Ambassador Booth, located at the Welcome Center of The Greenbrier Classic. Participants will receive a wristband upon registration that will admit them into the Short Game Practice Area at the time of the clinic. Bleachers will be set up for parents to watch.
At the end of each clinic, every participant will receive a Lee Trevino poster. Each participant will also be entered into a drawing to win a set of TaylorMade Phenom junior golf clubs. One lucky winner will be drawn each day.
“The most important thing for me is that kids are taught correctly at an early age,” said Trevino of the clinics. “They won’t walk away from this as Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy, but they will walk away with the knowledge of how to work on it correctly.
“Our job is to promote this game, and we’re trying to do it every day.”
Another special initiative being introduced for young golf fans at the 2016 Greenbrier Classic is a new Kids Autograph Zone. Located near the practice facility and the putting green, this designated area will give young fans a chance to meet their favorite golf stars and get an autograph without having to battle through the adults trying to do the same.
The Kids Zone area will also return this year. This interactive area features a miniature golf course, temporary tattoos, kid friendly concessions and much more. The Kids Zone will be open all seven days of the tournament.
“One of our main objectives with The Greenbrier Classic is to help grow the game of golf,” said Greenbrier Classic tournament director Habibi Mamone. “We’re committed to making sure The Greenbrier Classic is fun for the entire family and that fans of all ages leave with smiles on their faces wanting to return.”
Greenbrier Classic officials announced last month that the tournament, celebrating its seventh year, will offer complimentary admission for the first time. Fans are asked to go online and register for their free grounds badges. The upgraded Springhouse Badge is also available by visiting GreenbrierClassic.com.
Fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item with them to the tournament. The food will be donated to area food banks.