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Junior Golf ready to tee off

BURTON — Flint Junior Golf organization is now accepting on-line registrations beginning April 4. Flint Junior Golf Association, one of the largest Junior Golf organizations in the country will open its on-line registration through Sunday, May 15 with play beginning on June 20.

Since its inception in 1939, Flint Junior Golf Association has provided an opportunity for young golfers to learn, play and enjoy a game that they can play for a lifetime. The program is open to area youth ages 8-18 who live or attend school in Genesee County. FJGA is recognized as the oldest and second largest community based junior golf program in the country with a current membership of more than 1,000 junior golfers from Genesee Country.

FJGA is divided into three divisions: a 5- hole division (ages 8-11), a 9-hole division (up to 14 for boys and 15 for girls), and an 18-hole division (ages up to 18). A one-time entry fee is all that is required and includes a bag tag, rulebook, 7 pre-season instructional clinics, a chance to win medals during weekly play, and a chance to win trophies at the end of the season tournament. Entry fee also covers the weekly golf fees at area courses for the season. Entry fee for the 5-hole division is $55, f$65 for the 9- hole division and $85 for the 18-hole division. The season begins on June 20 and ends with a tournament on August 1-2 for 5- hole and 9-hole divisions and August 8-10 for the 18-hole division.

Twenty three area courses will participate in the program this year including Warwick Hills, which is hosting the Randy Wise-AJGA Buick Junior Open the week of August 22- 25. Others include the City of Flint Municipal courses, Captains Club, Loch Lomond, Beechwood Greens, Goodrich County Club, Briar Ridge, Clio, Vienna Greens, Flushing Valley, Davison Country Club, Copper Ridge, Genesee Valley Meadows, Jewell of Grand Blanc, Brookwood Golf Club, Atlas Valley, Spring Meadows and Flint Elks. Seven pre-season clinics beginning Wednesday June 1 are also included in the entry fee.

On-line registration accepted at www.fjga.org or forms are available at King Par Superstore and local participating golf courses.

Over the past seven years $53,000 in scholarships were awarded to participating high school graduates. That trend continues this season, so sign up early. — L.P.

Harmony on ice

HARTLAND — Harmony Theatre Company, a Theater on Ice competitive figure skating team, performed on Wednesday, March 30 in Hartland is now poised to perform in Cape Cod, Mass. April 9-10. Last year, the Senior and Adult level teams placed fourth at Nationals which currently makes them alternates for Team USA. The teams have practiced since September in an effort to place top three this year, which would make them members of USFSA Team USA and would earn them an international assignment. Local area skaters who are members of the team include: Piercyn Hunt, Grand Blanc, current USFSA National Showcase Champion and National Showcase Duet Champion; Anna Cobb, Flint, Current USFSA National Showcase Duet Champion; Ashlyn Olson, Grand Blanc, Regional Competitor; Holly Beck, Fenton; Ashlee Castro, Fenton; Halle Greenwald of Fenton; Angie French, Grand Blanc; Alison Saunders, Fenton, and Meaghan Hartman, Flushing. Details: skateharmony@gmail.com. -— L.P.

“Staying in the Game” open to public

FLINT — McLaren Regional Medical Center’s monthly series “Health Answers 401” is focusing on sports injury prevention and diagnosis for the adult athlete at “Staying in the Game” on Thursday, April 14. This free educational series covers a different health topic each month. All programs are held in Ballenger Auditorium located at the Medical Center.

Speakers include Matthew Sardelli, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon, Fellowship Trained in Sports Medicine, and Jeff Schultz, Physical Therapist. Topics include: Diagnosis and treatment of injuries in adult athletes; The importance of warming up and stretching; Injury prevention.

The session takes place with registration from 5:30-6 p.m. and the program running 6-7 p.m. Details: 1-877-625-2736. — L.P.

Lacrosse clinic starts in April

FLINT — A Lacrosse clinic featuring Brian Bader of Perani’s Hockey World and Jon Jepson, GM at Iceland Arena takes place every Friday starting April 1 and runs through May 20. The eight-session clinic is geared for 10-and-under, 11-14 year olds and 15 and up players. The emphasis is on learn to play. Cost is $100 per person and each person receives a keepsake Lacrosse jersey and a pizza party at the close of the clinic. Registration takes place at Iceland Arena on Elms Road and anyone providing their registration receipt at Perani’s Hockey World, 3600 Dort Highway, gets 20 percent off a one-time purchase of lacrosse gear. — L.P.

Spring hockey and lacrosse on the offering

FLINT — Iceland Arena on Elms Road is offering spring hockey and lacrosse April- June. Rent one hour of ice and receive one hour of field time for each hour booked. A free one-hour introductory lacrosse clinic is provided for each participating team. Stick rental available for $2. The Field is also available for straight hourly rentals at special pricing for the Spring 2011 season. Details: Jon Jepson, 810-635-8487. — L.P.


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