Youth takes center stage at Genesis Open
While defending champion Dustin Johnson was making his move, and two-time champion Bubba Watson took control of the leaderboard, young golf fans took part in various activities as part of kids day at the Genesis Open.
As part of the Genesis Open Tee Off For Youth program, busloads of kids of various ages from twelve different Southern California youth groups took part in the day’s events. From a special hat upon arrival to lunch and activities throughout the day, these group were hosted complimentary by the Genesis Open and TGR Live through generous donations of tournament partners.
The young fans from groups such as the SCGA, First Tee of Orange County and Inland Empire, LA County Jr Golf Program and the TGR Learning Lab toured the course, experiencing live golf action up close and personal thanks to youth viewing zones on some of Riviera’s most iconic holes. The kids were also entertained with endless fun in Family Village including a tour of interactive STEM activities at the TGR Learning Lab Activity Zone.
All the activities worked up an appetite and the kids enjoyed complimentary picnic lunch before being treated to the Youth Clinic on the professional driving range. PGA teaching pro Jamie Mulligan emceed the clinic and showcased various aspects of learning the basics of golf while demonstrating with professional Cameron Champ, the 2018 Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption recipient.
The young golfers were enthused by the instruction and wowed by the long drives of Champ. The day was complete once Cameron took the time to sign the hat of every kid in attendance.