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Working to make today's youth sub par: David Toms Golf Academy

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When PGA Tour player David Toms built his new 265 Academy in Shreveport, part of his dream was creating a place young players could come to learn the game and love the game.  The 265 Academy is now open and is indeed a world-class, one-of-a-kind facility.  Tuesday several young players from the First Tee program were out there and became our Rountree Ford Athletes of the Week.

While they may not have all the experience that the pros do...Shreveport's littlest golfers have found a place to perfect their game...and develop their own theories about the sport they love. Graham Trawick said, "My favorite thing is when I'm out at the tee box because I get to use my driver which is my best club."  Young Alex Acurio sounded like he was ready for the Tour, "Drive for show putt for dough."

It's this kind of enthusiasm that inspires professionals such as David Toms to come out and help build a better future for golf in the Ark-La-Tex.  "It's fun to see the looks on their faces when they hit a good shot or make a chip or make a putt," Toms says. "All the different personalities, it's kind of a cross section of kids.  They're from all over this part of Louisiana.  We got some kids from all over.  It's just fun to watch them and watch their faces and try to help them a little bit, give them some tips and then show them a facility where they can get better."

The head pro at Toms' 265 Academy is Shaun Webb who says, "We're seeing some of the same faces so that's a good sign that they're having some fun and learning.  That's part of the future of the game so we're happy to see that."

And if the kids at the David Toms academy are any indication, the future is bright and full of youngsters who are learning all they can from some of the best.  Another young player added, "It's very important.  I was so happy to find out I get to do this.  It helps a ton.  I changed some stuff that David taught me and it worked, perfectly."

The praise from the young players continued, "They really do help me.  I've learned some tricks about how to hit the ball faster and harder."

Toms has already hosted two first tee clinics, free of charge to the kids, and promises there will be more for other groups, throughout the year.

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