Summer golf camp is in full swing

  • Thursday, August 21, 2014

Eileen Keithly/South Strand News At left, Chase Baker has his swing adjusted by Jr. Golf Camp Instructor Ali Byrd at the Steve Dresser Golf Academy on the grounds of True Blue Plantation Golf Club in Pawleys Island, Aug. 13.


Ali Byrd and Chris Daily have dedicated their careers to helping young golfers maximize their potential.

Both Byrd and Daily are Coastal Carolina University graduates, and chose to stay in the area after graduation. Byrd gravitated to the teaching and golf management side of the game, while Daily took some time to explore the professional circuit on the Hooters and eGolf tours.

“I love working with kids,” Byrd related. “I also have a passion for the game of golf, so Junior Golf was a perfect fit for me.”

After playing professionally, Daily discovered that he, too, liked working with kids, and found himself coaching the Waccamaw High School boys golf team.

“The high school team is great, and I look forward to working with the guys all year long.”

CCU graduates Byrd and Daily reconnected at one of the most well-respected Junior Golf schools in the nation – the Steve Dresser Golf Academy in Pawleys Island. Steve Dresser couldn’t be happier to have the pair on his staff.

“You will not find a more experienced, talented, knowledgeable, caring, and friendly staff anywhere else,” Dresser said of his crew.

Byrd’s and Daily’s students feel the same way. Junior Golfer Chase Baker from Pawleys Island believes he received excellent coaching over the summer. “Ali is great,” Baker said.

“She has really helped me with my short game, and that is what I needed help with.”

Parents believe Byrd and Daily have a special knack with children as well. “I drive over 30 minutes to bring my kids here for this camp, and it is worth every penny,” said David Hill, on vacation from Beckley, W.Va., He didn’t mind fighting the Highway 17 traffic to bring his kids from Myrtle Beach to Pawleys Island for golf camp – it was worth it.

Hill was convinced that if it hadn’t been for the teaching approach of Byrd and Daily, one of his children might not have returned for the second day.

“They are just good with these kids, and they know how to make it seem effortless for them,” he said.

The summer camp program at the Steve Dresser Golf Academy covers all aspects of the game: putting, chipping, pitching, sand shots, woods, rules and etiquette.

Instruction is geared toward novices and intermediate players who have not yet spent much time on the golf course, as well as the more experienced Junior Golfer looking to take his or her game to a more competitive level.

“We spend four days of the week on the instructional course at the golf school at True Blue, and then one day a week we take the kids over to Caledonia to play a specially designed short course,” Byrd related.

Both Daily and Byrd agreed the short course is extremely important in reinforcing what the Junior Golfers are learning in the instructional area.

“They can really see what they need to work on when we hit the short course,” Daily said.

With the summer coming to a close, the duo of Byrd and Daily will be continuing their programs into the fall, and look forward to helping more local Junior Golfers tune up their games.

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