“I see golf as a tool. Not so much a sport or just a game to play. It’s really a tool that can bridge socio-economic gaps in the community, ”said the 27-year-old Stoughton native. “It’s always about who you meet and who you know. I don’t think there is a better place to know or meet someone than on the golf course. Marcos Baugh runs the Urban Golf Club, where everyone is welcome.
“Some children do not have access to a bank account. I’ll take care of giving them a shoebox with the logo on and checking in once a month to see if they have the money from the previous month, ”Baugh said.
It is about much more than teaching golf. There are some really important conversations going on here. Urban Golf Club also teaches kids financial literature, laying the groundwork for a life of smart spending and saving money.
There are big plans for the growing program, which is based on core values of patience, humility and responsibility.
“They can do it. They can do whatever they want. It’s so much more than just hitting a ball, ”Baugh said.
It doesn’t take long to know it’s a success.
“I never try anything new. Even if it eats something, I am a very picky eater. Something new like golf, I’m proud of myself for doing it, ”said one newcomer.
You can donate to the club or contact Marcos Baugh at http://urbangolfclub.org/.
See more of the Urban Golf Club in action on their Instagram account @UrbanGolfClubInc.
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