Sharing the love for sport of golf
July 23, 2014Sharing something that you love with others seems to be a way of life for a former elementary school teacher and avid golfer Jane Anderson. Every Monday between 4 and 5:30 p.m. at the Woods Valley Golf Course you can find her mentoring a rather young bunch of kids from the San Pasqual Education Center's Golf program. A new program introduced this summer at the Education Center which has introduced the sport of golfing to a group of kids who probably never even heard of golf and with some very dramatic results.
With patience and a love of the sport Jane Anderson, Lorraine Orosco and Angel Collins started asking each other how they could work together to involve San Pasqual children to begin thinking about playing golf and looking at the opportunities golf can play in their lives. Nurturing the love of the sport at an early age was a key factor. With the acquisition of the Woods Valley Golf Course by the San Pasqual Band of Indians it seemed a natural fit.
Isaac Perez, Heaven Collins, Jane Anderson, and Angel Collins all serve as volunteers with the San Pasqual Education Center's Golf program. The program teaches children ages six to 15 the sport of golf. photo by Ray Flores / Valley Roadrunner.
Well, it seems to be working, Jane and Angel now have a group of anywhere from nine to 12 kids ranging in ages six to15 years every Monday along with some of their parents out for a day of sunshine and a desire to learn the game of golf.
The tribe provides the course at no charge to the San Pasqual children and Jane provides all the equipment. They have also enlisted the aid of Americorp volunteer Isaac Perez and Debbi Shimmer a teacher at the Tribal Education Center to help them with the introduction of golf into their young lives. The program also has been helping parents and children to take a little timeout to spend some time together. The program is also looking for adult volunteers to help mentor and guide the children.
Much to their amazement the kids have taken to golf as ducks to water. They have also discovered that have a "natural" in the form of an eight-year-old, Alaxa Vasquez who after the first time being introduced to the sport has really shown real promise. Vasquez was unavailable for a photo or interview at press time due to her participation at golf tournament in Palm Springs where she is competing against kids her age and older. To date, Vasquez has been placing either second or third in the tournaments she has participated in, something that may not have been possible without San Pasqual Education Center's Golf program.
According to sources, the program is off to a great start. To volunteer with the program, contact Collins at the San Pasqual Education Center by calling (760) 751-1474.