Haymaker introduces new junior golf director

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— This summer, Haymaker Golf course will introduce a new junior program director. But Luke Brosterhous is no stranger to Steamboat Springs.

Brosterhous is taking over the program from Nina Krats, who departed after nine years in that position to take a job with the Foothills Golf Club outside Denver.

"The season is a lot longer down here," Krats said from Denver last week. "The course is real similar to Haymaker, and I will have similar responsibilities."

Krats said she is happy Brosterhous is taking the position, and she thinks his golf background, disposition and experience working as a coach with junior skiers will prove valuable as he guides the juniors program at Haymaker.

Many locals will be familiar with Brosterhous, who has worked at Catamount Ranch & Club for the past four years as an assistant professional. He also has been a coach with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Brosterhous had applied for a position with Haymaker when he arrived in Steamboat, but professional Hank Franks didn't have a position for him at the time. Franks sent Brosterhous across the street to Catamount, but the two stayed in contact.

"I think Catamount was a good experience for Luke," Franks said. "It isn't as busy over there, and I think it was an opportunity for Luke to learn the things he will need to run our junior programs and work over here, where things are a little busier in the summer."

Catamount is a private club with a limited membership and a small junior golf program.

When Krats announced that she was leaving Steamboat for the opportunity at Foothills, Franks said he immediately thought of Brosterhous.

"I think Luke will make the game fun for juniors," Franks said. "He's motivated, has firsthand experience with the game, and he knows how to keep young athletes focused on goals."

Brosterhous doesn't plan to make any major changes to Haymaker's rapidly growing junior golf program. He thinks the programs are well designed, and he will do his best to continue to guide young golfers to their goals - no matter what those goals are. He also wants to help young golfers rise through the program and, if they chose, make the transition to higher levels of junior golf and the high school team.

Registration for junior programs opened April 15, and an open house is scheduled for mid-May.

Haymaker will host introductory clinics for players between the ages of 6 and 18 during May and will continue to offer the Little Chippers and junior player camps this summer.

The goal of the programs is to introduce the game of golf to young players while providing a base in etiquette and basic rules.

There also will be a full slate of tournaments, including the Haymaker Junior Championships and Parent-Child Tournament in mid-August. The Haywhacker, a Colorado Junior Golf Association event, will take place in June.

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