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Golf lessons from cops teach kids to keep swinging

These kids learn to just keep swinging.

SAN ANTONIO — They’re back! 

Police officers who taught kids how to fish are now spending time with their little buddies at the golf course.

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SAPD’s East side SAFFE Unit and Park Police teamed up with their friends at the Boys and Girls Club for a day of fun in the sun.

“When you swing it looks like you’re about to hit somebody,” said first-time golfer Marcus Menefee. 

With some coaching, the sport got easier for the 9-year-old.

“You have to look at the ball and put your arms straight and then keep your arms straight when you’re swinging it,” said Jameer Williams, a 7-year-old who just took a lesson in proper form from his officer buddy.

“The greatest thing about it is just exposing these children to something different,” said Officer Alonzio Hardin with the East SAFFE unit. “[We] let him know that there's positive everywhere. And golf is a very lucrative sport.”

The First Tee of Greater San Antonio provided the equipment. Their programs teach technique and life values. The kids got a taste of good sportsmanship out on the green.

“I have friends who play golf but I don’t, so they cheer me on when I start missing the golf ball,” said Menefee.

Missed balls happen. The kids learned to just keep swinging.