Getting in the swing


By Dylanne Petros - dpetros@civitasmedia.com



Dave Stanton, general manager at Majestic Springs Golf Course, helps one of the golf camp students with her swing at the driving range Thursday. Golf season is around the corner — Wilmington High School School golf tryouts are August 3 at Wilmington Elks.


Students practice their swing at the driving range at Majestic Springs Golf Course Thursday. Thursday was the last day of the four-day golf camp, which is hosted every summer. Students learn chipping, putting and how to swing with irons and woods.


WILMINGTON – A four-day golf camp at Majestic Springs is helping teach kids how to perfect their swing, among other things.

The four-day camp, headed by General Manager Dave Stanton, has been happening for 30 years, helping eager students work toward making their middle school or high school golf team.

“Most of these kids have played some, so we’re just trying to get them to the next level, work on their game, get them a little bit better,” Stanton said.

At this year’s camp, there were only six young golfers. But Stanton said he prefers the smaller groups of kids because it’s easier to offer one-on-one time during the two hours of camp.

“If you get 30 kids they don’t get a lot out of it,” he said.

During the camp, kids work on chipping and putting. They also spend time on the driving range working on their swings with irons and woods. After working on their swings and putts, Stanton will take the onto the course, where they’ll play as many holes they can in the two-hour period.

“We talk about strategies, how to play, how to make your score better by thinking around the course, too,” Stanton said.

One of the tools Stanton uses to work on youths’ swings is an app on his iPad. The app, he said, films the kids while they swing and then it compares their swing to other golfers’ swings, like PGA Tour Australian golfer Adam Scott.

The app compares the student’s swing with famous golfers’ swings.

“I can show him what (Scott) is doing and this is where (the kid) is missing out and this is where they need to be,” Stanton said.

Taking videos of the students’ swings also helps to show where the kids need to improve, since they can watch themselves on screen, he said.

Thursday was the last day for the golf camp, but if people want more information, they can call Majestic Springs at 937-383-1474.

Dave Stanton, general manager at Majestic Springs Golf Course, helps one of the golf camp students with her swing at the driving range Thursday. Golf season is around the corner — Wilmington High School School golf tryouts are August 3 at Wilmington Elks.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/07/web1_GolfPiccr3.jpgDave Stanton, general manager at Majestic Springs Golf Course, helps one of the golf camp students with her swing at the driving range Thursday. Golf season is around the corner — Wilmington High School School golf tryouts are August 3 at Wilmington Elks.

Students practice their swing at the driving range at Majestic Springs Golf Course Thursday. Thursday was the last day of the four-day golf camp, which is hosted every summer. Students learn chipping, putting and how to swing with irons and woods.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/07/web1_GolfPiccr4.jpgStudents practice their swing at the driving range at Majestic Springs Golf Course Thursday. Thursday was the last day of the four-day golf camp, which is hosted every summer. Students learn chipping, putting and how to swing with irons and woods.

By Dylanne Petros

dpetros@civitasmedia.com