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Harrisonburg After-School Program Adding More Diversity To City Course

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Posted: December 23, 2013

The First Tee of Harrisonburg instructor Ed Gill Helps Alex Sorto, 10, with his golf swing earlier this month at Heritage Oaks Golf Course. The First Tee’s after-school program has attracted a wide variety of students from Thomas Harrison Middle School to the game of golf. (Photos by Jason Lenhart)
First Tee of Harrisonburg student Oscar Renteria, 10, hits a ball at the driving range at Heritage Oaks after school earlier this month. The First Tee program aims to “impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf,” according to its website.
Alex Sorto (left) and Leo Cortes, students at The First Tee of Harrisonburg, fill up baskets with golf-range balls before taking to the mats at the golf range at Heritage Oaks Golf Course earlier this month.
HARRISONBURG — Leo Cortez talks the part of a golfer.

He’s a storyteller who chats, not so much brags, about a recent hole-in-one.

The hole-in-one belies his age — he’s just 11 years old —...

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