Junior Coach Spotlight – Aydin Johnson

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Junior Coach Spotlight

Aydin Johnson
9th Grade
15 years old
Coopersville High School
2nd year as a junior coach

In Their Own Words: 

Aydin’s Favorite Nine Core Value: Perseverance.  It is my favorite because I think it is a very helpful skill to have all your life.  You can have perseverance with everything you do.

What is your favorite part of being a junior coach? I like to help the kids get better at golf.  There was one time that a kid was not swinging the club the right way.  I showed him how to grip the club and how to swing.  After that, he was able to make contact with the ball easier.

Aydin’s fast facts, from Coach Tyler:

  • Aydin and his brothers Dakota (16) and Owen (10) are fixtures at The First Tee since they started in 2016.
  • Aydin advanced to the Eagle level (the 4th level in the program) in the spring of 2019.
  • Aydin has a stylish flair on the golf course.  He loves bucket hats and high socks.  He also has a great sense of humor.
  • Aydin’s humor makes him a great junior coach. Younger participants can relate to him easily and enjoy being around him.
  • Aydin and his brother Dakota will receive top-notch individual golf instruction from Golf-Tec’s Ian Hughes this winter, thanks to Ian’s generosity.
  • Trips through The First Tee: 
    • Aydin was selected through The First Tee for the Nancy Tennant Leadership Academy in 2018.  He visited Harbor Shores Golf Course in Benton Harbor, Soldier Field in Chicago, and a host of other places around the midwest through that trip. The First Tee of Benton Harbor graciously hosted Aydin and two other First Tee students for this trip.
  • Outside of The First Tee:
    • Aydin is also a caddie at Kent Country Club, and aspires to be an Evans Scholar.
    • He also will be joining his brother on the high school golf team for the first time this spring, at Coopersville High School.

 

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