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The Pro In the Snow: Denise Doyle

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"[The kids in Nepal] hit balls in sandals. Give them wooden tees and new shoes, and their eyes light up." - Denise Doyle

Denise Doyle
Age: 34
Job: Golf instructor, the Himalayas

"America has the best of everything — courses, equipment, technology. The other side of the world isn't as privileged. I spent six months giving free golf lessons to kids in Nepal as part of the Himalayan Youth Golf Association, which promotes junior golf there. I taught 200 kids. They were like family. They called me 'ma'am.' They hit balls in sandals. Give them wooden tees and new shoes, and their eyes light up. In Kathmandu a six-year-old loved hitting driver. I said, 'I'll give you 50 rupees if you put it over that bunker 100 yards out.' He did it over and over, saying, 'Again, ma'am! Again!' I lost 500 rupees! There's nothing like watching a child get hooked on golf."

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