Sending a drive right down the middle is always a little bit sweeter with a big crowd watching. Thanks to Rockford Pro-Am prime sponsor Alpine Bank, four young golfers get the chance to play like the Pro's. D.A. Points, Alpine Bank's selected Pro, is leaving quite an impression. In between shots, he's giving the four high-schoolers a few tips, and some ways to improve their swings.
"For me, at 17, like most 17 year-olds, I probably thought I already knew just about everything they would've told me. But, I'm trying to give them just real general, practical stuff that they can try to apply." -says Points.
And the young players appreciate his advice.
"He's helped me a lot with my grip and with my swing, so, I'm really glad to have him out here." -says Boylan Catholic High School senior Joey Keefer.
While most amateurs might be nervous to play in front of huge galleries, not to mention a famous professional athlete, stand-out Boylan junior Danny Gorman says he's enjoying every minute.
"It's really fun. If you hit a decent or good shot, you'll get a few cheers. I could get used to this." -says Gorman.
Through the first nine holes, Alpine Bank climbed up the leader board, tied for second at nine under par. That's not bad, considering most of the competition is two or three times their age. The young stars carded a 15 under 57 for the day. That lands Alpine Bank in 4th place out of 20 teams. Rockford Lutheran High School senior Bailey Peck says today has been an all around team effort.
"The team is great. We've all contributed to holes. They're really fun to play with." -says Peck.
Despite her nervousness, Boylan senior Melissa Van Sistine is grateful for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"It's really great playing with D.A., he's really nice, he gives you a lot of great pointers. It's great playing with this group, I like everyone in it, and it's been a lot of fun."
Each year, Alpine Bank selects their foursome based on community and school involvement, not just golfing talent. Players are only allowed to participate once, so next summer, four new high-schoolers will represent the company's team.