PGA golfer visits South Forty
Brad Keating teaches students from Arizona on local course
Courtesy Photo/Nancy Maness
At one time, the area that is now the South Forty Golf course was a farm field. Then came a driving range, then a few holes and eventually a nine-hole course.
Even five years ago, few people would have imagined that the South Forty would one day host a PGA professional, but on Friday, Oct. 11, it happened when golfer Brad Keating arrived, along with several students from Immanuel Mission School.
The seeds for Keating’s visit were planted recently when the golfer contacted the South Forty to inquire whether the course would be willing to host the group of students.
According to South Forty co-owner Nancy Maness, Keating has been volunteering at the School in Sweetwater, Ariz. for roughly four years and thus, allowing him access to the course was a no brainer.
During the event, Keating drove several balls onto the South Forty range, in addition to helping the roughly fifteen students who were present with their swings.
“These kids like to laugh and they like to have fun,” said Keating. “That’s what I like about working with them.”
Even though the weather was a bit cold, a fun time was had by all, and ultimately, that’s what the South Forty Golf Course is all about.
A community-based course at heart, the South Forty is undoubtedly growing in stature, yet simultaneously remaining true to its small-town roots.