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      Clubs for Kids

      You've probably seen the video of Tiger Woods on the Mike Douglas Show.

      If you haven't, YouTube it, it's worth it.

      It was in 1978. Tiger was two.

      With Bob Hope and Jimmy Stewart (those were the days, huh?) looking on with disbelieving eyes, Tiger showed more golf skills than most adults.

      Again, he was two.

      Moral of the story --- you're never too young to start swinging. Worked out fairly well for Tiger, didn't it?

      Which brings us to Saturday, as Turkey Creek Golf Club will host the 2nd annual Clubs for Kids event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., absolutely free for kids 14 and under.

      "Golf is a life-long sport," Turkey Creek's Dan Baumgartner said. "It's something they can do with their brothers and sisters, their parents, their grandparents and so on ... something they can do for the rest of their lives.

      "I think the earlier you start, the better."

      Baumgartner has between 150-160 shortened clubs, and each participant will get to take home two or three clubs. They will get a golf lesson from several golf experts, including Missouri women's golf coach Stephanie Priesmeyer and a few of her players.

      "They'll get a about a 10-minute lesson," Baumgartner said, "then we'll give them lunch, a hot dog and a drink, then we'll talk to them a little bit about golf."

      There will also be a bounce house, time on the putting green, miniature golf, and GolfZilla.

      Say again?

      GolfZilla is about 20 foot tall inflatable creature --- oddly enough, it resembles Godzilla --- with Velcro targets all over its body. Kids will hit the equivalent of a golf-ball sized tennis ball and try to hit the targets.

      I want to do that.

      "That should be a lot of fun," Baumgartner said. "It's just a neat little thing."

      While Turkey Creek is the host, there are several more entities involved in his venture, including the Missouri Golf Association, Columbia Golf Foundation, Jefferson City Country Club and Meadow Lake Acres

      "It's really a Central Missouri deal, people who are trying to help the kids get going," Baumgartner said. "It's just a good thing.

      "Most of the really young kids, they don't really need instruction, they need guidance. What I mean by that, it's for mom and dad to bring them out and just have fun. Once they get to six- or seven-years old, then you can start giving them lessons.

      "If you try to push them too early, it can become work and it's not fun. This deal is all about fun, it's introducing the game to them, letting them hit golf balls, and talking to them a little bit."

      There were 35 youngsters on hand last year, but that number should be a lot bigger on Saturday.

      "We were going up against Little Olympics last year, we didn't know we'd scheduled it on the same day," Baumgartner said. "So the first thing we did this year was call and find out when the Little Olympics would be."

      It was last Saturday, by the way.

      So who knows? Perhaps you have the next Tiger in your home and don't even know it.

      See you Saturday.

      I'll be the big kid firing at GolfZilla.