Wally Armstrong has developed the kit called SNAG or Starting New at Golf. This game or kit is the next level of golf for those who may have been introduced to the game through Go - Start - Golf, but, now with similar golf equipment, are able to hit the ball farther, play games more like the actual golf game, and compete. For instance, we use a larger area in which we set up longer holes, establish more difficult targets within the game in order to make the game even more challenging, fun and establish that next level of competition. This competition is established in the larger area like a driving range or a 6 Hole Golf Course or, even, in a park where the holes are set up similar to the golf course layout. Similar to the GSG kit a curriculum is developed where kids are playing games, competing against each other, counting the strokes made as well as the number of points they'll get from hitting targets. Again, this is a competitive environment that is fun for kids; a little bit larger or more in-depth than the GSG kit. Now we are able to draw in the next age group, drawn into the church or the community for recreation and enjoyment as well as competition so that this game can be expanded to the place of interest through those who are drawn and, remember, within Psalm 139 may even have the purpose of God placed in them to be drawn to this wonderful game that mimics life.
So how do we do that?
Again the church or a camp or some other activity that is focused upon drawing people in for Fellowship for introduction to the church and its family in order to invigorate them to be part of this community and therefore potentially drawing their families into the church or into the fellowship in order for them to be introduced to Jesus Christ, as well as, potentially, discipled through the game of SNAG which is mimicking the game of golf and life..
We have identified the introductory portion of the game of golf and, hopefully, inspired more than a few kids to continue with their golf game at the next level.
What could that next level be? Well, currently the next step would be either the First Tee program which has been established by the USGA and the Tiger Woods Foundation, etc, as well as the PGA Junior Golf Program and, even, individual lessons given to youngsters who have the capacity to improve their golf swing and become more consistent with their game.
We’ll focus here on the First Tee program because not only does the First Tee program focus upon learning the game of golf and how to compete and how to play all types of shots in the game, but, it introduces character attributes. Attributes such as honesty and fair play as well as courtesy and many others. This is very healthy, but what about the attributes of the Christ Follower? Could these attributes be infused into a program similar to The First Tee?
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