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Monday, June 5, 2023
June 5, 2023

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Ridgefield middle-schoolers tee off

The Columbian
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View Ridge Golf's Jamison McCann focuses on the ball during match play.
View Ridge Golf's Jamison McCann focuses on the ball during match play. (Photo contributed by the Ridgefield School District) Photo Gallery

RIDGEFIELD — The Ridgefield School District has created a new golf program for middle school students. View Ridge Middle School golf coach Bob Ball said he hopes the new program “will not only give more students a chance to play competitively, but to develop a long-lasting love of the game.” There are already 19 young golfers competing this season through their school athletics program as the View Ridge Herons; half had never played on a golf course before joining the team, according to a district news release. The new team plays at Tri-Mountain Golf Course and holds indoor practice at the Golf House, a repurposed greenhouse, behind Ridgefield High School. The Golf House has a small putting strip, two driving cages and donated turf. The fall season is for the boys’ golf team, and View Ridge plans to launch a girls’ golf team in the spring. The View Ridge team won the first of its four matches against local middle school golf teams and will compete in a mini tournament at the end of the season.