The Woodlawn Golf Course, one of the largest military golf courses in Europe, is a second home to some dedicated golfers.
One of these golfers is Kevin O’Connor, Professional Golfers’ Association of America teaching professional, and he does more than stay dedicated to golfing once a week. O’Connor spreads his wealth of knowledge to the local community.
“The best part of my day is when I help out newcomers and experienced players alike,” O’Connor said.
He hosts classes throughout the week, both public classes and private one-on-one sessions, to teach players the basics of the sport and better their techniques. According to O’Connor, one of the most important aspects of golf, as with most sports, is confidence.
“One of the persistent obstacles in most golfers is their confidence level,” O’Connor said. “When newcomers start playing the first few times, I’ll notice them hesitantly stay back and observe what other players are doing. My job is to get them to that green and start swinging with some self-assurance.”
One of O’Connor’s class participants, Chief Master Sgt. Tamar Dennis, Kisling NCO Academy commandant, experienced her first venture in golfing during a class.
“I wanted to try something new, and I always wanted to get into golf,” Dennis said. “It’s something that can follow you throughout your life. I’m having an absolute blast here.”
Whether you’re looking to perfect your swing or learn how each golf club works, instructors such as O’Connor want to help the community find enjoyment in one of the KMC’s common pastimes.
For more information or to register for a class, contact the Woodlawn Pro Shop at 480-6240 or 06371-47-6240.