The LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Club of Bluffton is starting its seventh year and is excited to announce that they are conducting a number of clinics at The First Tee of the Lowcountry. The facility is located at the Joseph B. Fraser Golf Learning Center at the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head.

LPGA Girls Golf and The First Tee have the same goals for juniors. Together they will provide girls with quality golf instruction.

The girls will learn so much more than the game of golf. They will be exposed to the 5 “E’s” of Girls Golf: Empower, Enrich, Engage, Energize and Exercise.

The First Tee’s mission to provide educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through golf goes hand-in-hand with LPGA Girls Golf philosophy.

Above all, the girls will have fun and build new relationships.

I am a co-director of the local chapter with Krista Dunton; we both have been named Teachers of the Year by the LPGA. The program also welcomes local LPGA and PGA professionals who volunteer their expertise to give the girls great instruction.

Volunteers are needed to help the golf professionals. They can also use help in the areas of motor skill stations, crafts, character and values sessions. Contact their website if interested in the volunteer program.

LPGA/USGA Girls Golf is open to all girls ages 7-17. Girls need no prior golf knowledge, and golf equipment is supplied for those who don’t have clubs.

Girls who possess previous knowledge and skill will be able to advance their skills and have opportunities to play. There will be a skills assessment so that the girls will be placed in the proper level of instruction.

The program will begin on Jan. 31 with bi-monthly meetings from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sundays through May. Events will be held at various golf facilities in the Lowcountry.

Several sessions will be at the Boys and Girls Club of Hilton Head, which has recently added a driving range and six par three holes that the girls will utilize. Other golf facilities include Rose Hill, Pinecrest, Berkeley Hall and Colleton River.

There will also be a field trip to the Heritage Golf Tournament.

The fee for the five-month, 11-session program is $125 per girl. Scholarships are available based on need. For more information and to register, please contact LPGA Girls Golf of Bluffton at girlsgolfbluffton@gmail.com. The deadline for registration is Jan. 20.

Dr. Jean Harris is an LPGA Master Professional and teaches at Brown Golf Management courses. jean.golfdoctor.harris @gmail.com; www.golfdoctorjean.com