PENNSAUKEN, NJ (CBS) – In Camden County, recovering addicts have been using golf as part of the formula to help keep them on the straight and narrow. It’s part of the county’s plan to fight addiction with sports.
It’s been six weeks of fun and free lessons with teaching pro Andrew Pierson at the Camden County Golf Academy.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley As Snow Moves In
“They love it. The same people have been coming back over and over again.”
That’s because recovering addicts here discovered some important parallels between recovery and golf, including hard work and patience.
Ryan Hetrick has been clean nearly two years and says success is rare for rookies on both fronts.READ MORE: Eagles Fans At McGillin's Old Ale House Disappointed In 'Embarrassing' Loss To Buccanneers
“Very few times do you see a newcomer come into the rooms and get it on their first try.”
Robert Duda played golf as a teenager, but didn’t make much time for it when he was an alcoholic. Now, he’s giving swing tips and life tips to those just embarking on their journey.
“Once you get it down, you really want to help other people.”MORE NEWS: Officials Across Delaware Valley Focus On Road Preparations In Anticipation Of Snow, Rain
Next the group will play softball and basketball with golf lessons picking up again in the fall.