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USGA Hosts Summer Junior Clinic

FAR HILLS, N.J. (August 30, 2012)– On Tuesday, August 28 the United States Golf Association (USGA) hosted more than 100 youngsters from various local golf organizations for a tour of the USGA’s headquarters and a golf exhibition put on by First Tee ambassador and Honorary Lifetime PGA Member Dennis Walters. Groups were on hand from The First Tee of Metropolitan New York’s Plainfield West and Essex County facilities, The First Tee of Raritan Valley, the New Jersey PGA Golf Foundation and the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf.

Participants were welcomed by USGA Assistant Manager of Marketing & Outreach Kim Gianetti, who informed the students on the actives that take place at Golf House and the role which the USGA plays in the game. They then received a guided tour of the USGA Museum and the Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History, watched demonstrations of some of the machines used to test new golf equipment at the USGA Equipment Testing Center, and rolled some putts with replica putters from the early 1900s on the USGA’s Pynes Putting Course.

The young golfers were then treated to a clinic of trick shots put on Walters, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after a 1974 accident. Despite being physically challenged, he has persevered to continue playing the sport he loves so much and puts on about 100 clinics worldwide each year from his customized golf cart that allows him to swing from what he calls “unusual lies.” Walters used his own personal experience as an example to challenge those in attendance to do something in their life that perhaps they thought was impossible, proving that with hard work, dedication and perseverance each individual can achieve success at anything.

A fun day was had by all at the USGA, which is appropriately For the Good of the Game. For more information on the USGA and the Dennis Walters Golf Show, please visit and

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