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Oxy golf teams giving back

PASADENA — The Occidental College men's and women's golf teams are doing their part to make sure future golfers have the proper instruction.

Both squads are teaming up with the First Tee of Pasadena to work with around 1,000 junior golfers throughout the next eight weeks at the Brookside Golf Course — Oxy's home venue for 2012-13. The Oxy teams will be stressing the "life lessons" that can be learned by playing the sport as well as the technical aspects, according to head coach Andrew Larkin.

"It helps us give back to the community and teach others the important things about the game that we've picked up along the way," Larkin said. "And a lot of these different organizations help us get on courses so its also our way of thanking them while positively influencing young players."

The announcement of the golf teams plan comes on the heels of both teams working with the Southern California Golf Association Foundation to inform middle school and high school students about what competing in NCAA Division III sports is all about. The Tigers hosted around 75 students from several Southern California middle schools and high schools on Oct. 6 to talk about life as a student-athlete and facilitate a campus tour.

View Photos from the event.