"I'm Doug 'Godzilla' Brehme and I've been a PGA golf professional longer than all of you've been alive," Brehme chuckled while introducing himself to seven young golfers. "Welcome to the camp. I hope you'll have a good time."
Brehme briefed these junior golfers at Ace Golf, 12910 Boyette Rd., Riverview, about safety, the camp's priority. He instructed them there's no swinging the club unless they're on the tee.
Furthermore, with the temperature rising as the day progresses, Brehme shared another safety concern with his students.
"It's very hot out here. Make sure you don't get too hot. ... stay hydrated," said Brehme. Indeed, he brought his students back inside the chilled clubhouse to provide them with drinks and a brief rest to recuperate.
The Junior Camp was established five years ago, though this is Brehme's second year running the program. Brehme's mission is to give kids a start in golf. Most of them have never played, so he wanted to introduce them to the game, he said.
"I enjoy (teaching) junior clinic. ... the most fun I have working with kids," said Brehme.
This was not the first time at the camp for some of the junior golfers.
"I heard about the course from a sign at Ace Golf at the Kings Avenue location," said Cindy Yates of Brandon, Matthew's mother. She got interested in golf when she worked at the Hook-N-Sink tournament March 4-6. Upon watching the tournament, Matthew told her he wanted to play. This is now Matthew's second camp.
Alyssa Doyle's friend came to the camp with her last year. She loved it and, though her friend isn't here this year, she returned to the camp with her brother, Colin, said Doyle.
When the clock's hour and minute hands struck 12, it was time to wrap the day up.
"Good job today, y'all," said Brehme, clapping his hands before dismissing the class. "Can I get a high five from everybody?"
Junior golfers can sign up through the Pro Shop at Ace Golf. The cost is $169 per person.
Ace Golf also has a program called "Bucket-A-Day Give Away." Young golfers from ages 5 to 15 can get one small bucket per day at either the Brandon or Riverview location. For more information, call 813-651-4653 for the Brandon location and 813-672-7750 for the Riverview location.