Thursday, August 17, 2006

Donate Your Old Clubs

So you've just bought a shiny new set of souped up golf clubs. What do you do with your old set? If you're like most golfers, you let them gather dust (and rust) in the garage, or put an ad in the paper to sell them, or wait for the next garage sale.

Another option is to donate the clubs to a local junior golf program. Such programs usually have small budgets, ones that don't include much room for buying clubs for kids. And there are always kids in those programs, sometimes from lower-income families, who don't have their own clubs.

Your old clubs can be cut down or re-fitted to size junior golfers, when necessary. Regardless, your old clubs will find a new home and help introduce new golfers to the game.

Round Rock resident Charles Besondy took it upon himself recently to collect used golf clubs on behalf of the City of Austin's junior program. He hit up his friends and wound up getting clubs from as far away as Oregon - $2,000 worth of used clubs - for Austin juniors.

“When I was 9 years old an aunt and uncle put a golf club into my hands and we snuck together onto a nearby course at dusk to show me what golf was all about. I’ve loved the game ever since, and wanted to do my part to give kids a positive first experience with the sport,” Besondy said.

“Imagine the impact if every town with a junior golf program was able to give five to ten more kids a positive golf experience every year because the clinics had enough equipment. That would be huge for the kids, and for golf."

Good work, Charles. More info about Charles' efforts can be found here.

If you're interested in donating your old clubs, contact your local city golf program, or a local chapter of the First Tee, to inquire. Also be on the lookout for donation drives, which are sometimes conducted by retailers such as Edwin Watts.

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