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Adaptive Golf Program Clinic on April 15

FLINT — Area golfers facing physical challenges that are affecting their ability to play, are invited to attend the 19th season of McLaren Regional Hospital Adaptive Golf clinics to learn from PGA golf professionals how to modify their stance, grip, alignment or swing to increase their confidence, independence and skill level in their golf game.

The free clinic is Friday, April 15 at the Genesee Field House-Dome, 7383 Grand Parkway, Grand Blanc, from 1-3 p.m.

On hand will be area golfers with var ying disabilities including amputations, stroke, visual impairments, arthritis, hear t problems, and joint replacements, along with McLaren program coordinators and PGA golf professionals.

Details: contact Monica Haubenstricker, Recreation Therapist at McLaren, at 810- 342-2038. — L.P.

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 onetime 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 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.

“Staying in the Game” open to public

FLINT — McLaren Regional Medical Center’s monthly series “Health Answers 401” is focusing on sports injur y 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; Injur y 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 clinics underway through May 20

FLINT — A lacrosse clinic featuring Brian Bader of Perani’s Hockey World and Jon Jepson, GM at Iceland Arena kicked off April 1 and runs every Friday 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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