Saskatoon

Graham DeLaet gives young Saskatoon golfers 1-on-1 lessons

Ace golfer Graham DeLaet hosts a clinic at the Wildwood Golf Course.

Weyburn, Sask. golfer mentors 20 junior golfers at Wildwood Golf Course

Graham DeLaet gives some one-on-one instructions at Wildwood Golf Course in Saskatoon. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

It's just a few weeks away from a new PGA Tour season, but for at least one day, Graham DeLaet is more focused on helping others with their game than refining his own.

DeLaet is in Saskatoon Tuesday night helping youngsters drive to their dreams. The PGA pro from Weyburn, Sask. hosted a clinic for 20 young golfers at the Wildwood Golf Course. 

He showed the juniors some tricks of the trade and shared his story of how he went from the prairie courses of southern Saskatchewan to the world stage.

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"I mean I would have loved to have this opportunity when I was this age," DeLaet said. "It's pretty neat and the amount of kids that are playing golf now across the province. It's continuing to grow and it's good to see."

Saskatoon's Marc Sweeney got a chance to meet and learn from the PGA pro.

"It's cool," Sweeney said. "Like you can say, 'Man, like I know that guy. He's where I'm from.' It's cool."

Sweeney said he hopes to play his way to a university golf scholarship. 

"I would say more people have gotten into golf probably because of Graham," he said. "You know, he's a pretty big influence on us."

DeLaet turned pro in 2006. He's currently ranked 40th in the world, and has earned $2.6 million so far this year.

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