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Commission approves fundraising for new golf facility

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POLSON – Snow and ice won’t stop golfers from working on their swing if Cameron Milton has anything to do with it.

The Polson City Commission gave Milton, head golf professional at Polson Bay Golf Course, permission to raise money to build an “indoor learning center” for the municipal golf course. The facility would house locker rooms for the golf course’s youth programs. Milton also plans to install an indoor golf simulator for use by the public for a fee.

Milton heads the Mission Valley Junior Golf Association. He said his central interest in building the facility is to expand access to golf for children. The potential facility would house a locker room for youth players to store their clubs so that players wouldn’t have to rely on parents to transport the equipment. He also plans to use fees collected from members of the public using the golf simulator to fund the youth golf program and to provide scholarships.

The National PGA recently recognized Milton with the 2018 Youth Development Award for his work growing the program. Milton leads golf sessions during physical education classes at Polson schools. He also facilitates a thriving youth golf league.

Milton said he estimated the project would cost between $70,000 and $100,000 to complete. He has already received some donations for the project.

In other commission news, the city will begin the search for a new city engineer next week. City Planner Kyle Roberts and Police Department Clerk Joan Hart removed themselves from the city manager search committee after the city attorney deemed their employment with the city a conflict of interest. One community member volunteered to be on the committee, leaving one spot on the committee open.

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