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News // New Florida golf facility aims to help young players (golfweek.usatoday.com)

News // New Florida golf facility aims to help young players

IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Bryan Delgado and Dezirray Nunez didn’t get their education on how to hit a driver on a golf course. It was literally in the driver’s education room at Immokalee High School.

The town does not have a golf course, so members of the boys and girls golf teams practiced in classrooms, with practice balls crashing off ceilings, walls and windows.

Tuesday, a new window of opportunity opened.

Through a partnership with The First Tee of Naples/Collier, Arthrex, Inc., and Lipman Family Farms, a practice facility was christened near an open field near Gary Bates Stadium. It features three hitting bays with nets and an elevated putting green made with synthetic turf.

“They had to travel great, great distances to get to golfing facilities, so to bring the golfing facilities right to them, you can’t ask for anything better,” Collier Schools superintendent Kamela Patton said.

“This is a project that provides the opportunity while at the same time eliminating…

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