Pro golfers teach golf, life lessons at Junior Clinic before Regions Tradition

Pro golfers teach golf, life lessons at Junior Clinic before Regions Tradition
A student attending this week's Junior Clinic prepares to catch a golf ball as PGA Tour Champions professional Mike Goodes watches. (Christopher Jones/Alabama NewsCenter)

More than 300 third- through fifth-graders from Birmingham-area schools learned about the life lessons that come with the game of golf at Alabama Power’s Junior Clinic on Tuesday in advance of this week’s Regions Tradition golf tournament.

This year’s Junior Clinic featured PGA Tour Champions professionals Fred Funk and Mike Goodes, who took to the driving range at Greystone Golf & Country Club to demonstrate their skills and talk to the students about the values that have been essential to their success.

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The students learned what it means to be a professional golfer and how the PGA Tour Champions professionals worked their way to the top through hard work, focus and determination. Funk and Goodes shared stories about their careers while incorporating the importance of sportsmanship, honesty and friendship.

Gene Hallman, executive director of the Regions Tradition, joined Funk and Goodes as host and emcee of the clinic.

“It is truly an honor and a privilege to sponsor this golf tournament, because we know it teaches so many things that can be used in life,” said Jonathan Porter, Alabama Power Birmingham Division vice president, at the clinic.

The Regions Tradition is taking place Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets start at $20, and children 18 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult. All the stars of the PGA Tour Champions will compete in this major championship, including Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer, David Frost, Fred Funk, Tom Lehman and defending champion Jeff Maggert. For more information, please visit

PGA Tour Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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