Southall lends a lifetime of expertise to young Tipton golfers

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 18, 2003

Because of Albert Southall’s dedication to the game, the Tipton Middle School golfers have at least one thing they don’t have to worry about.

Tipton golfers get the advantage of that 30 years of experience and extra equipment to help build their own relationships with the game of golf.

Using the field behind the school for a chipping range that comes complete with night lights, the team gets just a taste of the dedication Southall has used to become a 3-handicap golfer.

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Southall, who declines to teach the game to adults, said it’s important to show the kids how to enjoy the game as well as work at it.

With 11 boys and a girl on the squad, Southall had a good turnout this season, but most of the players were new to the game.

Tipton played in only two matches this season, but did well, according to Southall.

The moment that stuck out in his mind wasn’t from a match, but during a post game meal at McDonald’s.

Of course, being excited during the season is one thing, but the game of golf requires regular practice to improve.

Southall took advantage of a stipend for golf in the school’s budget to get the team going this year.

Decked out in their royal blue golf shirts and matching bags, the team looks sharp and ready to play.

But golf is an expensive game and Southall will take whatever help he can get from the golfing community.