LEE — Area youth next week can grab a racquet and their clubs for the inaugural Spring Break Tennis & Golf Academy.
With Berkshire public schools on April vacation, the Lee Community Tennis Association (CTA) and eduKaytion Golf based at Cranwell Resort Spa & Golf Club have teamed up to combine instruction of these two sports at a single setting.
The academy will be held April 18-22, primarily at Greenock Country Club, but also at Cranwell, especially if weather is a factor as the Lenox resort has an indoor golf facility.
The camp is open to a maximum of 12 boys and girls ages 10-14 and is broken up into two parts: the youngsters have tennis from 9 a.m.-noon; golf from 1-3 p.m. There is a scheduled hour lunch break courtesy of Fiddleheads Grill at Greenock.
Lee CTA founder and executive director, Clare "Bunnie" Lahey hopes Mother Nature finally realizes it's spring.
"With the kind of weather we've been having, we hope to pull this off," she said.
Tennis pro and Lee native Wilson Tan along with Kay McMahon, founder of eduKaytion Golf, are the lead instructors, with McMahon assisted by Fran Brilliant, coach of the St. Joseph Central High School golf team.
McMahon, who once competed in two women's U.S. Open tournaments, says youth learning tennis and golf together makes sense.
"I was a tennis player a long time ago," said the Minnesota native. "Both are individual sports you can play for a lifetime."
Since McMahon began her year-round golf education business in 2002, she has maintained a simple philosophy to teaching the sport.
"We get down to basics and skills," she said. "I have [students] do drills no matter what level they are at."
For nearly 25 years, Lee CTA has provided tennis programs to players of all ages and has been a feeder program for high school programs in Lee and surrounding communities.
Lahey hopes the academy will boost interest in tennis among the young adolescents.
"That's the goal of ours is to get middle school kids involved and it could lead to more involvement of our travel teams," she said.
To register for the academy, go to www.leecta.com or call 413-243-3240.