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Rockford high-schoolers tee off with one of golf's most popular players

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Four Rockford area kids get the opportunity of a lifetime with one of golf's most popular players. Kenny Perry paired up with the Alpine Bank team.

It might be safe to say this is a golfing experience that will stick with four high-schoolers forever. Perry's just coming off a U.S. Senior Open win, but today he's all about his new teammates.

"It's fun to see the youth and talk to them and let them talk to me about whatever they want to talk about, the PGA tour, the Champions tour. It's just a magical day it's a good day for them." -Perry says.

With a big-name pro like Kenny Perry and a Champions tour sized-gallery all around you, the first couple shots of the day can give anyone jitters.

"I'm kinda nervous, but it's kind of fun at the same time." -says Boylan Catholic High School Graduate Maggie Kaiser.

Rockford Lutheran High School Junior Spencer Horst agrees, "Once the nerves settle down, you get to learn a lot from how he does it."

"Butterflies got me on the first hole so I made bogey, but once the butterflies go away it's just another round of golf, just a bonus round with a good player." -says Boylan Catholic High School Junior Kyle Slattery.

Perry can relate to that feeling.

"I told them on the first tee, I said now you know how I've lived for 30 years, everybody's always looking at me, watching me, expecting me to hit good golf shots. I told them I said I just want the spectators to go away so I can just go play golf, but it's okay to be nervous, it's good to be nervous. If you're not nervous it doesn't mean anything to you."

Throughout the day, Perry adds to the kids' experiences by giving them advice on how to continue playing the sport they love.

"I asked them if they were going to colleges and I said I went to a small college where I knew I was going to play. Experience is everything and I didn't have to be on a big Division I team." -he explains.

That's advice the teens appreciate and will carry with them.

"Today's been nothing short of spectacular so far and I'm sure it's only going to get better, so I'm just very thankful, very grateful, it's been great." -says Auburn High School Junior Camden Rock.

Being picked to play on Alpine Bank's team goes beyond a golfer's scorecard. These teenagers all give back to their schools and communities.

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