Young golfers learn critical life qualities at City Park Golf Course

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DENVER -- Honesty, integrity, courtesy and good judgment are just a few traits we hope our children will learn. But who would have thought that a great place to teach these qualities would be at Denver’s City Park Golf Course?

The people at First Tee Denver did, and they’ve been doing it since 2002.

“First Tee of Denver is a youth development program that uses golf to reinforce academics and life skills with kids,” said Dan Reeves, First Tee Denver director of operations.

For 14 years, kids ages 4 to 18 have been swinging, chipping and putting their way to becoming better golfers, and better people.

First Tee Denver lead instructor David Jones said learning life’s lessons and golf really go hand in hand.

“Every new round of golf is different and every new day of life is different and you have to be able to use the lessons that we teach here not only on the course but also in your day to day life," Jones said.

Jones isn’t just talking the talk. He was raised in a single-parent home with no father. His mother enrolled him in First Tee Denver when he was only 6 years old.

Meikala Bryant, 8, has been golfing since she was 3 years old. Of all the life lessons she has learned, she said bragging is not a good thing. Her favorite thing about golf?

“I like sitting in the golf cart with my dad," she said.

And that’s what it’s all about.