Golf Testimonials

“Sports are my life. During my childhood, I was lucky enough to have a father who promoted my involvement and also took the time to coach various youth teams I was on (Thank you, Frank!). I remember attending sports camps throughout the year, but especially during the summer. Looking back, growing up in Grandville, Michigan (a suburb of Grand Rapids), there was just something special about going to school, making new friends, and then competing... Read More

“Sports are my life. During my childhood, I was lucky enough to have a father who promoted my involvement and also took the time to coach various youth teams I was on (Thank you, Frank!). I remember attending sports camps throughout the year, but especially during the summer. Looking back, growing up in Grandville, Michigan (a suburb of Grand Rapids), there was just something special about going to school, making new friends, and then competing against them during the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ in whatever sport it may have been. From basektball camps in middle school, to cross country camp in high school, the camaraderie among friends and teammates was something I cherished; the competition was something I craved. To top it all off, the instruction from coaches and camp leaders, the ability to learn, was a true blessing. One of my fondest memories has to be golf camp at Maple Hill Golf Course when I was in elementary school. We would start out with lessons on the driving range, practice and socializing. From there, it was time to tee off on the course. I was never the next PGA Tour prodigy—the narrow fairways at Maple Hill gave me a hard enough time. However, my fellow campers and I would always try our best. Sure, we goofed off while there was down time on the range, but when they unleashed us on the course, it was like Shia LaBeouf in The Greatest Game Ever Played, laser-focused. With all that said, at the end of camp, perhaps the greatest feeling of all was receiving a trophy. No, it wasn’t just for participation. Throughout the camp, the coaches and leaders would keep tabs on each of us and they created a specialized trophy based on what we had accomplished, something a lot more meaningful than any generic prize. I still have mine to this day — “Best Technique.” I’m not sure where that part of my game went, but over the years it left me. My sports camp experiences really helped me get to where I am today, as a person and as a professional. They taught me the nature of competition and instilled my passion for sports. Furthermore, the camps established a base about how the game is played. The leadership provided, along with my participation, really was an experience I’ll never forget. And today, as a sports reporter and anchor for WOOD-TV8 in Grand Rapids, I am living the dream every child who starts off in camp hopes for—talking about and covering sports.”

Zach Sepanik
sports reporter and anchor with WOOD-TV8 / NBC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan