GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- For the first time in the 74th years of the Rocky Mountain Open, a junior golf clinic was held as part of the tournament's festivities on Thursday.
Mike Mendelson, head golf pro for the City of Grand Junction, was in attendance to teach Grand Valley youngsters the keys to a good golf-game.
"First thing we teach is to have fun," Mendelson said. "As far as fundamentals, what we're trying to teach is balance. Swinging with the body and the arms together, and finishing in a balanced position."
A group of 20 kids participated in the clinic and Mendelson hopes that it will continue to be an annual part of the Open.
"I think we lost track of player development for a while. I think it's a good way to create new players and create excitement for the game for future generations," he said.
The tournament starts on Friday and includes over 200 players, both professional and amateur ranks. The tournament's final round for professionals will be at Tiara Rado Golf Course.