My column on junior golf programs precipitated the question of when is the “right” age to introduce a young person to the game of golf; and more specifically, when is the “right” time to take them for professional instruction.

You are likely way ahead of me here, having already answered in your head that the time is right when a child shows any sign of interest. But I couldn’t let it go at that, and Roger Stebbins, who is director of golf instruction for Canongate at Lake Windcrest, came to my rescue by writing on the topic in the June-July issue of Avid Golfer Houston.

Stebbins lays out clear and simple guidelines on lessons, clinics and practice; also, on equipment, performance expectations and golf knowledge. He brackets ages 5-6, 6-9 and 9-12 with specific recommendations sure to help when decisions must be made about how golf should and can fit into a youngster’s life, wrapping up the piece with a quote from the great Jesse Owens, who clearly knew a thing or two about what it takes to have success in sports. Email me if you’d like more specifics.


Communities in Schools-Bay Area raised more than $161,000 for the Dickinson/Clear Creek dropout prevention program with its ever popular and fun (fifth) annual tournament.

League City ace

He’s a resident of League City and his name is Brian Andrus. Playing with Stan LeBlanc and D. Hall, Andrus nailed his first ever hole-in-one June 28 at the tough, 170-yard par 3 13th hole at Moody Gardens Golf Course. He accomplished the rare shot after “only” 15 years playing the game.

Speaking of which

Also chasing aces at Moody Gardens is the Bayou Senior Scramble group, still playing the island course while major improvements are being made.

Celebrating their winning score of 60 were Jim Muntzel, David Cash, Tony Jaramillo and John Bember. Second place (62) went to Mario Megale, badge buddy Randy Burrows, Clint Landrum and Charles Surber.

Be safe, on and off the course.

Gean Leonard is a columnist for The Daily News and can be reached at

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