It’s not often local athletes can get something for nothing.
However, because of the efforts of a Burroughs High coach, area
high school -- and possibly middle school -- golfers will get the
opportunity to improve their skills through a private training
program. And the best part of it all is it will be free of charge.
Indian boys’ and girls’ golf Coach Mike Krose applied for and was
awarded a $5,700 Pay Grant from the city of Burbank to pay for
lessons for boys’ and girls’ golfers from Burroughs and Burbank.
“We are very appreciative of the city for giving us the money for
this project,” Krose said. “The city has been very good about
supporting local sports and athletes and we are very happy to have
been given the grant.”
Krose said the money will be earmarked for 10 golfers to take
lessons four days a week for 12 weeks at De Bell Municipal Golf
Course. The lessons will begin on June 1.
“Ideally, we would have liked the grant to have come through at
little earlier, when all the athletes were still in school,” Krose
said. “But we are pleased the money finally came through.”
The program will be open to golfers from Burbank and Burroughs,
who will get the first shot at the lessons. However, if all the spots
aren’t taken by high school players, local middle school athletes
will get the opportunity to take advantage of the program.
Krose said he came up with the idea of applying for a grant in
order for the local golfers to compete on a level playing field with
the high school teams from Santa Clarita.
“A lot of the players from the Santa Clarita schools take private
lessons,” Krose said. “We just want to give the golfers from our area
a chance to improve and compete with the schools from there.”
For years, the local teams have had to take a back seat to the
Santa Clarita schools when it came to Foothill League competition.
Last season, Hart won the boys’ league title, Valencia was second and
Saugus was third. Burroughs finished fourth and Burbank was fifth.
As for individuals, only Burroughs freshman Jeff Looby qualified
for CIF Southern Section postseason competition.
“Hopefully with this grant, something we hope will be an ongoing
thing, we can reverse that trend,” Krose said.
“The lessons will be good for players to improve their game and
work on some things they are having problems with.”
After the money for the initial grant is used up, Krose said he is
hoping to apply for another grant to keep the program going.